Scores of clients benefited from a week long integrated service delivery campaign that took place in the eastern Free State. Championed by the Compensation Fund, an entity of the Department of Employment and Labour, the campaign took place from 11 until 15 September over four towns namely; Frankfort, Villiers, Vrede and Phuthaditjhaba.
The initiative also saw clients benefiting from a basket of services offered by the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) which paid a total of R549 051.92 from processing normal and death benefit claims whereas the Public Employment Services (PES) assisted 368 job seekers by offering employment counselling and further assisting with registering their CVs on the department's employment database.
Compensation Fund processed and paid R6 111 723.87 in client claims and benefits. Provincial Compensation Fund Director Dr Bongiwe Ndzuta said: “The service delivery campaign was a success as the department achieved what it set out to do, and that is making a positive impact in the lives of those less fortunate".
“Through these initiatives, we are able to process and pay on the spot. Here we were able to pay a client an amount to the tune of R200 000 for an injury on duty claim," said Dr Ndzuta.
As for compliance with labour legislation by employers, the department's Inspection and Enforcement Services issued 12 notices to various business establishments within the Hospitality, Private security, Domestic, Wholesale & Retail sectors for non-compliance to; National Minimum Wage Act, Basic Conditions of Employment Act, Unemployment Insurance Act, Unemployment Insurance Contributions Act, Public Employment Services Act, Compensations for Occupational Injuries & Diseases Act and Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Initiatives of this nature are designed to ensure that services of the department are accessible to clients who are from far flung areas. The campaign is one of many that are hosted by the Department.
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Ms Cebisa Siyobi
Provincial Communication Officer: Free State
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