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Key note address by the Honourable Mildred Oliphant: Minister of Labour

20 April 2016

DRAFT SPEAKING NOTES FOR THE MINISTER OF LABOUR ON THE OCCASION OF THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE RMA CARE FACILITY HELD ON 18 APRIL 2016 IN WELKOM Programme Director Deputy Minister Hon Godfrey Oliphant Chairperson of the RMA Board, Professor Maphai RMA, Board Members Chief Executive Officer – Mr Jay Singh Commissioner of the Compensation Fund, Mr Vuyo Mafata Our Social Partners, Labour, Business and Community Patients and Staff of the RMA Care Facility Distinguished Guests Ladies and Gentlemen   It is indeed a privilege to be here today to witness the official opening of what can be described as a ground breaking achievement in the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and diseases word of work.  This kind of work finds expression in the Freedom Charter, our constitution and the 2014 Election manifesto of the ruling party. Today is yet another testimony that our Compensation of occupational injuries and diseases practices rank among the best in the world.  A facility of this nature ticks all the right boxes and most importantly, it strikes all the international best practice notes. COIDA, as it is often called in South Africa, mirrors all the elements of what a comprehensive social security safety net should look like in the workplace from an occupational injuries and diseases perspective. It provides among other things medical care, pensions, short te

20 April 2016

RMA beneficiaries share stories of triumph after life-changing accidents Monday, 18 April 2016, A question that humankind has grappled with for centuries: what defines us as individuals? In the wake of a life-altering accident, particularly one that precludes a person from performing the job they once did, many people question how disability may impact on their identity. As Rand Mutual Assurance (RMA) launches a new state-of-the-art care facility in Welkom for its beneficiaries and pensioners, in terms of the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA), three RMA beneficiaries shared their own personal experiences of rehabilitation. “It was very painful to come to terms with the fact that I will not be able to walk again,” says Jemina Nkhale, 35. Following a mining accident in 2010, Jemina recalls that she was initially concerned about how she would manage to care for her young son after the amputation of her legs. “It was strange at first, I had to accept that something had changed in my life. Then one day I decided that I am so grateful to be alive, even if I do not have my legs anymore. Now, I don’t let that get me down.” Jemina says that critical to this shift in self-image was changing her focus from her injury to the things that she was able to do. “I look at my abilities. I can make my house beautiful and clean, and since

20 April 2016

Stories of tenacity and hope shared as RMA opens own Care Facility in Welkom “It’s wonderful to know how powerful you can be as a human” Welkom, Monday 18 April 2016, Entrepreneur, inspirational speaker and author Mdu Mathenjwa is a testament to the strength and tenacity of the human spirit. Eight years into his rehabilitation process Mdu looks back on the journey that has brought him from despair in the wake of his injury on duty (IOD) to an inspirational workplace safety and keynote speaker. In 2008, at the age of 22, Mdu was working as a processor for a mining company and studying to be a chemical engineer when he was involved in a life-changing industrial accident. “In the course of my work, I sustained chemical burns when a combination of sulfuric acid and nitric acid exploded on me. While this was an extremely painful experience, both physically and emotionally, because of the considerable support received, I gained a truer appreciation for the value of life and our power to make positive changes in ourselves and in the world around us.” Mdu spent seven long months recuperating in Netcare Pretoria East Hospital. “Burns recovery is a long and painful process; from dressing changes and physical therapy, to the emotional pain of coming to terms with my accident.” He spent a lot of time evaluating many aspects of life and getti

20 April 2016

Good morning and a warm welcome to our distinguished guests. Thank you for joining us today in what we trust will be a red-letter day in the history of RMA. As the Chairman of RMA I am both proud and humbled to be here on the occasion of the long-awaited opening of the RMA Care Facility.  It is good to see RMA’s vision of an own-care facility come to fruition as it will enable RMA to provide better long-term treatment and care for seriously injured pensioners. Are you familiar with the word Sinako, and with it’s meaning? If not, here’s a quick isiXhosa lesson.  Sinako means – “We can. We are willing and we are committed.” These are poignant words, which encapsulate the ethos of differently abled people the world over, who have gone on to do great things. Consider this for a moment a billion people, or more specifically 15 percent of the global population, experience some or other form of disability. One-fifth of the estimated global total population, that is between 110 million and 190 million people, experience significant disabilities. In the wake of a life-altering accident, particularly one that precludes a person from performing the job they once did, many people question how disability may impact on their identity. Today I would like to share four stories of tremendous courage and triumph with you. Each of these individuals have successfully negoti

20 April 2016

Thobela (Sepedi), Sanibonani  (Zulu), Molweni (Xhosa), Dumelang (Tswana), Goeie Môre, (Afrikaans) Good Morning colleagues and friends. A special word of welcome to our esteemed guests: The Honourable Minister Mildred Oliphant, Minister of Labour; The Honourable, Mr Godfrey Oliphant, Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources; Director-General of Labour, Mr. T Lamati, dignitaries from the Department of Health, The Office of the Compensation Commissioner, executives representing several leading companies, The Chamber of Mines, organised labour, as well as the Chairman and Board of Directors of RMA, residents of the Rand Mutual Care Facility, members of the media, ladies and gentlemen. All protocol observed. It is my privilege to welcome you to the launch of our brand new Rand Mutual Care Facility, here in Welkom, a city with tremendous potential and an excellent infrastructure. This area is steeped in history particularly in so far as the mining sector is concerned with the Welkom and Virginia gold fields having been in the top 10 of global gold production. Through the years local business people have often said that for Welkom to remain sustainable it must diversify industry. Given the existing infrastructure and the many engineering businesses located in the area it seemed logical that Welkom would in time become a manufacturing centre

20 April 2016

Esteemed guests: Honourable Minister Mildred Oliphant; The Honourable Deputy Minister Godfrey Oliphant; Director-General of Labour, Mr. T Lamati, respected dignitaries from the Department of Labour and Department of Health, The Office of the Compensation Commissioner, The Executive Mayor of Welkom, valued guests from industry and organised labour, The Chamber of Mines, our MC Mdu Mathenjwa, residents of the Rand Mutual Care Facility, members of the media, ladies and gentlemen allow me to once again extend our thanks for joining us on this memorable occasion. On behalf of Rand Mutual Assurance, I wish to convey our sincere gratitude to you for gracing the launch of our new care facility with your presence and for those who have travelled from far, we thank you. Indeed it means a great deal that you would take the time to join us in extending a warm welcome to our residents as they settle in to their new home. We hope that this red-letter day will be the start of many happy years here for our beneficiaries. We trust that they will mark their own personal progress from this day going forward to reach ambitions that may, even now, seem like ephemeral dreams. This facility is the culmination of years of planning, consultation, project management and support. Not only is this a place where our pensioners will enjoy a high standard of medical and physical care but a place where we se

18 April 2016

Better quality rehabilitation comes to injured workers A brand new state-of-the-art Rand Mutual Care Facility for pensioners and beneficiaries with occupational injuries was today officially opened by Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant in the city of Welkom in the Free State province. The 120-bed custodial and care facility brings to realisation a long-cherished dream of Rand Mutual Assurance (RMA), a non-profit mutual assurance company founded more than 120 years ago, with the purpose of administering workers’ compensation for mining industry employees injured in the course and scope of their employment. Commenting on the opening of the Rand Mutual Care Facility, Dr Deodat Kritzinger, General Manager: Medical of RMA, said that the RMA team was proud to see its vision of an own-care facility come to fruition, as this would enable RMA to provide better long-term treatment and care for seriously injured pensioners. “It is our hope that the new Rand Mutual Care Facility in Welkom, which provides live-in care for RMA’s long-term custodial care pensioners as well as services such as wound care, rehabilitation, prosthetics and pro-active interventions for RMA beneficiaries, will serve as the ideal environment for them to grow and develop,” observed Dr Kritzinger. The opening event, which was hosted at the Rand Mutual Care Facility, was attended by dignitaries from the

1 October 2015

Bilal Adam aims to enhance recent successes of injury-on-duty compensation company

The Board of Rand Mutual Assurance (RMA), an injury-on-duty compensation company that has experienced unprecedented growth in recent times, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Bilal Adam as Chief Financial Officer with effect 1 October 2015.

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25 June 2015

Netball stars from Laerskool Glenharvie Combined in Westonaria are now proudly decked out in new uniforms, courtesy of Rand Mutual Assurance (RMA). The company, which administers workers’ compensation claims, sponsored the team with tracksuits, netball dresses, netball shoes and sports bags.

“The girls are very dedicated and the sponsorship has meant so much to them as many of the team members would not have been able to afford to pay for the kit themselves. Having a professional kit means that they can walk onto the court with confidence and dignity, and having the correct shoes will reduce injuries,” notes their delighted coach, Nadine Putter.

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2 March 2015

The Compensation Fund has transferred all its Class 13 employees in the iron, metal, steel and related industries to the privately owned Rand Mutual Assurance (RMA), an organisation with an impressive 121-year track record.

Commenting on the development, Jay Singh, chief executive officer of RMA, said that the company is now administering the compensation claims of an additional 60 000 employers with a staff complement of 600 000, thereby swelling the number of lives currently under RMA’s management to more than a million.

“This brings a strategy to fruition that was set in motion in July 2013 with the extension of RMA’s COID (Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases) license. Up until then we could only provide cover to employees within the mining sector. The extension of the license has therefore opened the door to considerable opportunities for RMA.”

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