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The aftermath of employment injuries: The shape of South African Workers’ Compensation System 23 years into democratic dispensation

07 November 2017
12:30 - 13:30

Date:     7 November 2017
Time:     12h30 – 13h30 
Venues:  Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town, PE and Sweetwaters

Presenter: Bitso Bitso,
Research Impact and Assessment Unit, Human Sciences Research Council

The International Labour Organisation estimates that each year 317 million people sustain work-related accidents around the globe resulting in 2.3 million deaths. The human cost of this adversity is vast and the economic burden on families is dire. Everyone has an equal opportunity of being injured on duty. If it happens to you, then you are probably entitled to compensation. Workers’ compensation is one of the oldest forms of social insurance meant to replace income in cases where workers are pushed outside employment due to employment injuries sustained out of and in the course of employment. Yet many of these workers rarely benefit from the system for various reasons such as poor designs, lack of knowledge, often synonymous with under-reporting of accidents, delivery challenges and so on.  The purpose of this presentation, therefore, is to create awareness of the system among stakeholders, its modus operandi and challenges. It is envisaged that knowledge of the system will create the necessary platform for constructive debates to ensue.

RSVP by 6 November 2017

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein  as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of DST.

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