The Department of Employment and Labour pays more than R3 800 000 in claims relating to UIF and Covid – 19 within two weeks of its service delivery campaign in the North West
The Department of Employment and Labour in partnership with Dr Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality (DRKKDM) is currently taking service delivery to the people of the district and has already helped settle claims both for Compensation and Unemployment Insurance of close to R4 million.
This campaign is led by the Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour, Boitumelo Moloi, and the Director General, Thobile Lamati and is meant to forge partnerships between organised labour, organised business, government departments and communities in tackling service delivery challenges; and creating partnerships that will boost the economy and employment in the region.
The stakeholder component of this build up campaign commenced with a meeting between the Department and representatives from trade union federations namely, COSATU, NACTU, FEDUSA and SAFTU. In this meeting, the department reported progress in payments made from claims in Compensation Fund to an amount of more than R300 000 since the campaign started on, while Unemployment Insurance Fund has paid over R3 500 000 in claims.
In this meeting the department and trade union federations emphasised the importance of cementing partnerships at local level in order to monitor effective implementation of various legislation like the Unemployment Insurance Fund, Labour Relations Act, Compensation Fund and Basic Conditions of Employment Act.
Most challenges that were flagged in this meeting pertained to child labour in farms and mines, rampant unemployment in the province, collaboration on labour inspection in mining and farming sectors to ensure compliance with various legislations, and dismissals retrenchments resulting from liquidation of many companies. To complete the last leg of the campaign, the Department will be meeting with employers on Friday, 20 November 2020 at Protea Hotel in Klerksdorp and also offer a full package of services on Saturday, 21 November 2020 in Klerksdorp.
Source: Government of South Africa