Record Compensation Payments to Ex-Mineworkers for Lung Disease

Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

A record number of 1 203 payments were made in March 2018 to compensate ex-mineworkers for occupational lung diseases.

According to a planning, monitoring and evaluation department statement, the payments totalled R18.2 million.

The department added that this was the highest number of payments in a month since the tracking and tracing process began.

The Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on the Special Presidential Package for the Revitalisation of Distressed Mining Communities and Labour-Sending Areas was set up in 2012.

It was designed to address socio-economic challenges in mining towns and labour-sending areas and steer the mining industry towards a sustainable development trajectory.

Some of its objectives include integrated and sustainable human settlements, improved working conditions for mine workers and decent living conditions on mines.

According to the department, the health, mineral resources and labour departments are, in conjunction with the IMC, continuing to track and trace claimants of unpaid ex-mineworker compensation.

“The DoH, together with the DoL and DMR’s Directorate: Mine Health and Safety, are working towards aligning the industry’s occupational health and safety policies, and the required legislative changes, to facilitate access to compensation and other benefits towards an enhanced social protection system.”

Part of this exercise will include the reorganization of the compensation system and access to benefits for current and former mineworkers.

Sabinet Cape Town Office