More than 7 000 claims have already been lodged with the Compensation Fund from workers who contracted Covid-19 while at work.
Of this amount, 4 595 were submitted directly to the Compensation Fund (CF), 2 385 claims were forwarded to Rand Mutual, and another 219 claims were submitted to Federated Employees.
CF Commissioner Vuyo Mafata said that Rand Mutual, which operates under licence as granted by the Minister of Employment and Labour, covers mainly mine workers and those in the iron and steel industries.
There has been a sharp rise in claims.
“This is due to a number of claims that were originally repudiated due to incomplete information, but the outstanding information has been furnished. The cases have since been enrolled and are awaiting adjudication,” said Mafata.
So far, the fund has paid out R462 612 in medical aid claims, while Federated Employees contributed R11 356.56.
Over R500 000 paid for Temporary Total Disablement
A combined R514 963.22 has already been paid towards Temporary Total Disablement, while another R3.25 million in were set aside for dependent benefits.
Furthermore, R51 477.53 was paid out as permanent disablement lump sum, while Rand Mutual has disbursed R18 251 for burial costs.
Of the 4 595 claims received by the CF, 2 358 come from the Western Cape, followed by Eastern Cape with 1 107, KwaZulu-Natal 491, Gauteng 481, Mpumalanga 91, Northern Cape 35, North West 29 and Limpopo has received 3 claims.
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The CF has also accepted liability for 3 109 claims, which represents 67.7% of the claims received. It rejected 544 claims (11.8%), while 942 (20.5%) await a final decision.
“Of the 2 385 claims received by Rand Mutual, Gauteng has received 1 870 claims, Eastern Cape 160, KwaZulu-Natal 91, Western Cape 72, Free State 58, North West 38, Limpopo 20, while 64 are unknown.
“Of the 2 385 claims received so far, 2 156 (90.4%) are pending adjudication,” Mafata said.
Federated Employers, which supports mainly construction workers, has received 219 claims, mostly from Gauteng (120), Western Cape (32), KZN (19), Northern Cape (11), North West (9), Free State (5) and (3) in Mpumalanga.
Mafata said in cases where claims have been rejected, with better information, the claim “could still be approved and the Fund will accept liability”.