RMA invests in additional support for Malawian beneficiaries Two young men performing a good deed caught the attention of RMA Mobile Clinic staff in Malawi. Rand Mutual (RMA) has provided them with training and they will soon be providing assistance to injured workers under RMA’s care in the greater Lilongwe and Blantyre districts. “A number of RMA beneficiaries, who have been pensioned following occupational injuries in the mining and related industries, reside in neighbouring countries, including Malawi,” explains Dr Deodat Kritzinger, General Manager: Medical of RMA. “Our RMA Mobile Clinic travels throughout Southern Africa, including to remote rural areas in South Africa and Malawi, each year visiting our beneficiaries to perform maintainance on their prosthetics and wheelchairs, or replace them, as needed. “During the mobile prosthetic clinic’s annual trip to Malawi last year, two young men approached our team at Lilongwe to volunteer their assistance. They showed great enthusiasm in helping out in and around the clinic, and their compassion for RMA’s disabled beneficiaries was clearly evident. “The young men, whose names are Rabson Zakalia and Fountain Kamanga, demonstrated a strong desire to help others, which strongly resonates with RMA’s ethos of caring, compassionate compensation. They showed such potential that our mobile clinic team motiva
A workshop bringing together experts in rehabilitative care for people with physical disabilities, hosted by Rand Mutual (RMA) on Tuesday, culminated in Paralympic medallist Ernst van Dyk presenting four individuals with advanced prosthetics, designed to improve mobility.
RMA invests in the future of sport-loving eight-year-old
At a very young age Ubuko Mpotulo had to have his legs amputated following health complications, but this bright little fellow has never let this hold him back.
“A few months ago, Ubuko came to RMA’s attention when his grade one teacher, Janey Stevens of College Street Primary School in East London, sent out a heartfelt plea for sponsorship of prosthetic legs for this young man,” says Nomfundo Mcilongo, General Manager: Sales & Marketing at RMA.
“His teacher informed us that Ubuko runs, jumps, hops, skips and swims with his classmates, refusing to let his physical limitations hold him back from living life to the fullest. He is an inspiration to us all.
RMA recently launched is O sa phela (Proof of Life) campaign at a press conference in Maseru. During the month of October RMA is calling on all its pensioners in Lesotho to complete their Proof of Life process at any Nedbank Lesotho branch during the month of October.
This process is important in order to ensure that RMA is paying a pension to living recipients, and therefore it needs to be completed twice a year.
An RMA pensioner is an injured worker with a permanent disability, or the widows and beneficiaries of workers who have died as a result of their work-related injury or disease who are currently receive a pension from RMA.
Supporting injured workers through integrated care initiatives
Reaching workers’ compensation beneficiaries far and wide Disability affects individuals’ lives in many profound ways, and the personal journey in dealing with the consequences of physical injury is unique to each individual. The emotional and practical challenges that sudden disability presents are equally complex and singular. Rand Mutual Assurance (RMA) understands these challenges and has thus adopted a culture of caring, compassionate compensation when assisting injured workers. “Southern Africa is a vast geographical area, and mining and heavy industry in this country attract workers from far and wide. When people suffer life-changing disability, they frequently opt to return to their families for the support that their loved ones provide,” says Dr Deodat Kritzinger, General Manager: Medical of RMA. “Outside of the major cities, however, there are often not sufficient services and facilities to meet a disabled person’s particular needs. Mobility and transport, as well as access to the necessary specialist healthcare, may pose particular difficulties. RMA has thus taken it as part of its responsibility to lessen such burdens and ensure the lives under its care receive the support they need. We have therefore developed a range of services to provide
Residents of Rand Mutual Care Facility recently had a fun-filled day of healthy activity when they competed in the wheelchair event of the Welkom Eskom Athletics Club Road Race 2016.
“Congratulations to all our beneficiaries who took part in the 1.5km wheelchair road race. This race presented an enjoyable opportunity for getting fresh air and exercise, as well as stimulating healthy competition,” says Dr Deodat Kritzinger, General Manager: Medical at Rand Mutual Assurance.
Our eyes are without a doubt one of our most precious assets. They allow us to perform valuable tasks like driving and reading and to observe precious moments with family and friends. However, the importance of eye safety, especially in the workplace, is often overlooked and as a result many South Africans sustain life altering eye injuries every year.
“Marissa’s level of dedication to our claimants, who suffered disabling occupational accidents, was recently demonstrated yet again during our annual RMA Mobile Clinic trip to Malawi. The rapport she has developed over the years with so many of the people whose prosthetics she services, speaks volumes about the personal touch she brings to her work. Well done to Marissa and her dedicated, and committed team,” Dr Kritzinger concluded.
“This is our first time participating in this important regional survey, and Rand Mutual Assurance both humbled and delighted to have been awarded a bronze ‘Standard of Excellence Achiever’ certificate based on our employees’ feedback,” says Neema Onsongo, General Manager Human Resources of RMA.
“This recognition is all the more pleasing as it comes in the wake of a 41 percent growth in our staff headcount following the extension of our Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases (COID) license to include members from the iron, metal and steel industries.”
“The company will continue to invest in staff, as RMA employees spent a total of 422 132 hours in training during 2015 to ensure everyone within the company is empowered to deliver optimal service and grow their capabilities.”
RMA remains a mutual association whose policyholders, namely the employers who buy policies for their employees, are the shareholders of the company. The employees of the companies are the beneficiaries of the policies and, in the event of fatalities, their dependants become the beneficiaries.
Together with our members and partners, we celebrate this 122nd birthday by reaffirming our commitment to assuring peace of mind to the million-plus insured lives under our management. Here’s to the next 122 years of caring, compassionate compensation!