A total of 7,199 applications were submitted to the Covid-19 Workplace Compensation Fund, “said Vuyo Mafata, commissioner of the Compensation Fund, adding that out of this number 4,595 application were submitted directly with the fund.
Mafata cited another 2,385 submitted by Rand Mutual, while Federated Employees received 219 claims.
“Rand Mutual, which operates under a permit issued by the Ministry of Employment and Labour and covers most workers in the mining, iron and steel industries, has seen a sharp spike in claims. This is due to a number of claims that were originally incomplete. The information has been rejected, but unpaid information has been provided. “Since then, cases have been registered and awaiting resolution,” said Mafata.
The Compensation Fund paid R462,612.40 in medical care claims and Federal Employees paid R11,356.56. A total of R514 963.22 was paid for Temporary Total Disablement, while the dependent compensation of R 3.25 million was paid. A total of R51 477.53 was paid as a fixed amount for permanent disablement while Rand Mutual paid R18 251.00 for funeral expenses.
Of the 4,595 claims received by the Compensation Fund, 2,358 were from the Western Cape, followed by the Eastern Cape with 1107, KwaZulu-Natal with 491, Gauteng with 481, Mpumalanga 91, North Cape with 35, Northwest 29 and Limpopo 3.
Compensation Fund has accepted responsibility for 3109 i.e. 67.7% of claims received, 544 rejected which is 11.8% and 942 are pending decision which is 20.5% of claims received directly.
Of the 2,385 claims by Rand Mutual, Gauteng received 1,870 claims, 160 in the Eastern Cape, 91 at KZN, 72 at WC, 58 in Free State, 38 in NW, 20 at Limpopo, and 64 unknowns. Of the 2,385 claims received so far, 2,156 or 90.4% are pending.
Federal employers, mostly representing workers in the construction sector, received a total of 219 claims, mainly from Gauteng (120), Western Cape (32), KZN (19), North Cape (11), North West (9), Free State (5) and (3) in Mpumalanga.
As Mafata pointed out, in cases where the claims are rejected, with better information, the application can still be approved and the Fund will accept liability.