Only one death paid for COVID-19 claim

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the Compensation Fund (CF) has received more COVID-19 temporary employer-employee relief scheme (TERS) benefit claims on behalf of workers.

Fund commissioner, Vuyo Mafata said there were almost no deaths, saying only R18, 251 paid for one funeral claim.

Mafa said: “It is much better than we expected. Although it is too early to draw conclusions, our success has exceeded our expectations. This is good news, but there have been too many deaths.”

Workers covers by Rand Mutual Assurance (RMA) received an independent benefit of R3.2 million while the CF has paid R419 182.85 in medical aid claims for employees who contracted COVID-19 while on duty.

RMA operates under a license granted by the Minister of Employment and Labour. It takes over compensation for on-the-job injuries and occupational diseases in steel, metals, steel and related industries.

The claims received by Rand Mutual show that Gauteng has received 1122 claims, including 147 in Eastern Cape, 60 in Western Cape, 71 in KwaZulu Natal, 35 in North West, 25 in Free State, and 21 in Limpopo. 58 unknowns. So far, of the 1,519 claims received, 1,319 are pending and 216 rejected.

Of the 3240 claims received by the Fund, 1847 were from Western Cape, followed by Eastern Cape with 666, Gauteng with 398, KwaZulu-Natal with 225, and Mpumalanga with 65, 29 in the northwest, 7 in the Northern Cape and 3 in Limpopo.

The fund has assumed the liability for compensation in 2097, abolished 443 cases, and another 700 cases are still pending.

Mafata said approximately 80% of the affected cases are women.

Federated Employers who represent workers mostly in the construction sector have received 137 claims–Gauteng 66, Western Cape 28, Eastern Cape 11, Northern Cape 9, North West 9, KwaZulu-Natal 8 and 2 in Mpumalanga.

Since March 26, the UIF has allocated more than R40 billion of the R10 billion to workers in the personal services industry, benefiting 26,20115 employees.

The industry includes boarding houses, cafes, restaurants, nightclubs, laundries and dry cleaners, barber shops, beauty shops, arcades, crematoriums, cemeteries, advertising agencies and tax collection companies.

The construction industry ranked third, with over 2 billion rand allocated to 496981 employees.

Other sectors include steel industry which benefited R2 billion, professional services R1.9 billion, Aviation services R13 billion, and mining industry R1.2 billion Rand. The fund allocate less than R1 billion funds to education services, food and agriculture and other industries.

Mafata said that UIF will also continue to ensure that it processes all valid pending claims and use employers’ multiple tools to ensure they can correct and update missing information.

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