Over 700 ex-miners in N-Cape apply for benefits

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Department of Labour in the Northern Cape says it is pleased with the turn-out of ex-mineworkers in Frances Baard and parts of Pixley Ka Seme Districts, who heeded the call to come and make applications for unclaimed benefits.

The campaign, which started in Hartswater on 30 May 2018, has already yielded positive results with the turnout of 729 applicants and 358 applications already processed for payment.

“We are humbled by the response we received from potential applicants for these unclaimed benefits and our team is hard at work finalising the process of verification and pay outs.

“We are also preparing to hit the ground running as we turn our attention to ex-mineworkers in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district early next month,” said Advocate B. Gwabeni: Deputy Director, Beneficiary Services.

The campaign, which is aimed at ex-mineworkers, who left employment in the mines prior to 01 April 2002, has been successfully carried out at the Frances Baard and parts of Pixley Ka Seme District from 30 May to 26 June 2018.

This category of workers is further urged to come and make applications for unclaimed benefits from the UIF during the scheduled departmental visit.

All ex-mineworkers who left their employment after that date will be assessed in line with the Unemployment Insurance Act of 2001 (as Amended).

The Department of Labour, as the agent charged with the responsibility of tracing and paying these ex-mineworkers, has urged all potential applicants to bring along any or all of the following documents for verification:

  • Identity document
  • Access card (from previous mine employer)
  • IRP 5 (from the previous mine employer)
  • Old Blue card
  • Previous salary advice
  • Or any proof of mine employment (including “Makhulu’s kop” card, Dompas or TEBA record)

This registration is done in line with the Peoples’ Assembly which was held in Mbhizana, in the Eastern Cape.

A motion was tabled in the National Assembly on 19 September 2007 for Parliament to establish a committee that will look at issues of ex-mineworkers.

The campaign dates will be publicised soon as departmental officials head to John Taolo Gaetsewe District.

The Department of Labour said the services for the ex-mineworkers are free of charge. – SAnews.gov.za