Five years after CEO Barry Kistnasamy was appointed to turn around the Compensation Commission for Occupational Diseases (CCOD), the institution is still grappling with a mammoth claims backlog for mine workers with lung diseases, and has only just begun to get its financial records in order. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi appointed Kistnasamy to clean up the CCOD. In June, Motsoaledi wrote to Parliament to say the CCOD, one of the entities that report to the Department of Health, was unable to submit its 2016-17 report and financial statements to the auditor-general. This was because of a backlog in capturing the records associated with mine workers’ claims, bank reconciliations for payouts from the Compensation Fund and the revenue it received from controlled mines and works, he said. The fact that the department is still struggling to get the CCOD to provide workers with an efficient compensation fund has broader implications, as it raises questions about its capacity to overse...

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