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Roadshows to bring Compensation Fund to the people: E Nyekemba

1 March 2012

The ANC welcomes the recent national roadshow in Klerksdorp by the Department of Labour`s Compensation Fund (CF) whereby it engaged stakeholders to promote the concept of decentralization. This was intended to increase the operational efficiency of the organisation.

The Compensation Fund is a public entity of the Department of Labour whose function is to compensate workers against injuries, disability, illness, diseases and death sustained during work.

Decentralisation is an initiative whereby services of Compensation Occupation Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA) are rendered at provincial level, rather than be solely provided at the Compensation Fund`s head office. This initiative of decentralisation in the provinces is meant to bring Compensation Occupation Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA) services closer to the people. Previously, all information and documentation had to be sent to the national office for registration, adjudication and payment and proved to be time-consuming and frustrating for clients.

A key element in the decentralisation process has been the move away from manual processing to the introduction of electronic system and the turnover time for registration and adjudication has been reduced from 90 days to 60 days.

The decentralisation is expected to be implemented in the new financial year which starts in April 2012.

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