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JOHANNESBURG - The workshop is intended to give feedback on progress in the implementation of the outcomes of a workshop held last year on 24th June 2016.

Most of the outcomes from the previous workshop were related to legal, administrative (Database and IT systems), tracking and tracing interventions and payments on unclaimed financial benefits to ex-mineworkers. These unclaimed financial benefits include those for occupational diseases administered by the Department of Health’s Compensation Commissioner for Occupational Diseases (CCOD).

This year’s workshop will be attended by representatives from the Financial Services Board, Departments of Mineral Resources (DMR), Labour (DoL) and Health ( DoH) and the Chamber of Mines. 

The DPME, DoH, DMR and the DoL have been serving as an intermediary between the provincial leadership structures of various ex-mineworker’s formations and the different provident and pension funds.  

The primary objective of the first day of the workshop on Tuesday, 15th August 2017 is for government to consult the leaders of the ex-mineworker’s on the challenges that hinder the payment of financial benefits and develop proposals to address these challenges.

These proposals will be presented to the Pension and Provident Fund Administrators on Wednesday, 16th August 2017.

At the conclusion of the workshop it is expected that the participants will have a clear program of action with clear deliverables, time-frames and indicators for the next 12 months to fast track the payment of approximately R6bn unpaid pensions.

The workshop will be held as follows:

Dates: Tuesday 15 August 2017 & Wednesday, August 2017

Time:  9am

Venue: Rodevallei Conferencing and Meeting Hotel, Pretoria North