As the registration of ex-mineworkers for unclaimed benefits by the Department of Labour and its entity, the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), gains momentum in the Northern Cape Province, the Department has received reports that there are people operating in the Province targeting ex-mineworkers with a promise of assisting them with their claims for a fee. 

“As the Department of Labour we would like to warn our people against these suspicious criminal act and we urge them to  wait for the campaign to be publicised  and  reach their towns and respective areas, We have no relationship with any forum or agent purporting to act as middlemen for application intended for unclaimed benefits.  We distance ourselves from such acts and urge our people to report those people at their nearest Police”, said Acting Chief Director: Provincial Operations, Ms Emily Maneli. 

The campaign, which is aimed at ex-mineworkers who left employment in the mines prior to 01 April 2002, has been successfully carried out this week covering the areas of Douglas (05/06/2018) and Barkley West (06/06/2018). 

This category of workers is further urged to come and make applications for unclaimed benefits from the UIF as the project continues next week in areas of Warrenton and Pampierstad. All ex-mineworkers who left their employment after that date will be assessed in line with the Unemployment Insurance Act of 2001 (as Amended). 

The Department of Labour as the agent charged with responsibility of tracing and paying these ex-mineworkers urges all potential applicants to bring along the following documents for verification:

  • Identity document
  • Access card (from previous mine employer)
  • IRP 5 (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 registrations will be held as follows: 

Date: 12 June 2018

Venue: Ikhutseng Community Hall (Warrenton)

Time: 09:00 – 16:00 

Date: 14 June 2018

Venue: Mooki Lobelo Primary School (Pampierstad)

Time: 08:30 – 16:00 

This registration is done in line with the Peoples’ Assembly which was 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 reach the John Taolo Gaetsewe District in the next quarter as it continues to spread to other parts of the province. We further remind our ex-mineworkers that our services are free of charge.

Media enquiries:

Kebalepile Khula

Provincial Communication Officer

082 043 1504

Issued by:

Teboho Thejane

Departmental Spokesperson

082 697 0694