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Do not be blinded by bad habits

6 September 2016

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.

September sees the start of Eye Safety Awareness Month and Rand Mutual Assurance (RMA) would like to urge employers and employees to emphasise and prioritise eye safety in the workplace.

Posted in Media
23 August 2016

“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.

Posted in Media
4 August 2016

“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.”

Posted in Media
1 June 2016

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!

Posted in Media
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