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Dept looks to trace and pay ex-mineworkers

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The Department of Labour has urged all potential applicants to bring along the following documents for verification

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THE DEPARTMENT of Labour, together with the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), will kick off the registration campaign of unclaimed benefits for ex-mineworkers in the Northern Cape, targeting Hartswater, on Wednesday.

The campaign is aimed at ex-mineworkers who left employment in the mines prior to April 1, 2002. These workers are urged to come and apply for unclaimed benefits from the UIF.

All ex-mineworkers who left their employment after that date will be assessed in line with the Unemployment Insurance Act of 2001.

The Department of Labour, as the agent charged with responsibility of tracing and paying these ex-mineworkers, has urged all potential applicants to bring along the following documents for verification: Identity document; access card (from previous mine employer); IRP5 (from the previous mine employer); old blue card; previous salary advice or any proof of mine employment (including “Makhulu’s kop” card, Dompas or TEBA record)

The registration will take place on Wednesday at Bonita Park Community Hall in Hartswater form 8.30am. The campaign details can be obtained from Isaac Mogorosi on 053 838 1556.

Spokesperson for the Department of Labour, Kebalepile Khula, said on Friday that the registration was being done in line with the People’s Assembly held in Mbhizana, Eastern Cape.

“A motion was tabled in the National Assembly on 19 September, 2007 for Parliament to establish a committee that will look at issues of ex-mineworkers.”

The campaign will continue on June 26 and 28 in Kimberley and it will spread to other towns across the Province.