The families of two security guards mauled to death by lions at a Free State game farm last month, have received their compensation payments from the Compensation Fund.
The guards, Jacob Ntinyane Poo and Motlalentoa Ben Tats were on duty at the Farm Game Lodge outside Henneman when the two lions that had escaped from their enclosure attacked them. Their bodies were found about 50 metres from their workstations.
The payouts have taken place while the Compensation Fund is currently embarking on a week-long "Service Imbizo" in the Free State, as part of its drive to accelerate service delivery and wipe out payment backlogs to beneficiaries.
Based at the labour department's provincial office in Bloemfontein, the Imbizo seeks to ensure up-to-date payments to medical and other services until Friday, 29 September.
The main services rendered during the Imbizo are medical payments on the spot of all claims that have all the necessary documentation, adjudication of all claims, answering of all compensation queries as well as the promotion of the usage of the Compensation Fund Call Centre (0860 105 350) as well as Labour Centres.
The campaign will then move to the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces before the end of the year.
Department of Labour