The Compensation Fund, Rand Mutual Assurance (RMA) and The Federated Employers Mutual Assurance Company (FEM) have together contributed R1,35 billion towards funding the vaccination costs for workers who do not have medical aid, heeding the President’s call for organisations to help finance and facilitate the roll-out of vaccines in South Africa and beyond.

The three entities will also contribute towards the cost of vaccines for those receiving a pension in terms of the Compensation of Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act who qualify for the Covid-19 vaccination.

“Over the past year, we have been confronted with the dire consequences of a global pandemic impacting the world,” says Ndivhuwo Manyonga, FEM’s CEO. “From loss of income to temporary or permanent disablement caused by Covid-19, we have witnessed the suffering of many workers.

“Thus, as a collective, we have taken up the responsibility to cover the cost of medical treatment and the replacement of lost income if workers become temporary or permanently disabled or unfortunately die due to Covid-19 acquired in the workplace.

“Through this, we want to demonstrate that we are fully behind our nation during this global crisis. To date we have accepted 12 523 related claims across all three organisations and we continue to compensate workers who suffer disablement and or loss of income due to this pandemic.

“Through this collective contribution, we hope to assist at least three million of the estimated 10 million uninsured workers and contribute to helping protect South Africans against the virus and curb the pandemic,” she explains.

“We sincerely believe that if we all work together, we can overcome Covid-19. Let us continue to be vigilant with the sanitisation, hygiene and protective protocols at workplaces in public and our homes. We also take this opportunity to extend the appeal for all businesses to continue to contribute towards the roll-out of vaccines and play their part in getting the country and the economy back on track.”


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