BusinessLive reports that the Compensation Commission for Occupational Diseases (CCOD) tripled the number of payouts it made to injured miners in the 2016-17 financial year compared to the year before. This suggests that the reforms driven by commissioner Barry Kistnasamy are starting to bear fruit. Just under 5,300 miners and former mineworkers received a collective R203.6m in the 2016-17 year, compared to the R79.3m paid out to 1,766 claimants the year before.
Briefing parliament’s portfolio committee on health on Tuesday, Kistnasamy conceded that the CCOD was still getting its books in order and only expected to table its 2016-17 annual report in 2018, but was at pains to demonstrate that the formerly dysfunctional organisation was making significant progress in tackling the massive backlog of miners’ claims.
by Tamar Kahn