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On Friday the 26 August 2016 on Areaganeng show, Portia Raphalalane the presenter interviewed Messina Legal Advice Paralegals, Jacob Matakanye and Phale Musi. These interviews take place weekly on a slot dedicated to the CJN project and every week the paralegals bring an exciting topic that affects us all.

What does COID stands for?

COID stands for the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases, a government body that compensates workers who have been injured at work. This includes workers who have contracted an illness or disease at work. A person responsible for employees needs to understand the logistical processes.  How COID operates, how the registration system works, and about the tariffs. COID is there to safeguard workers when they are injured and to make sure that compensation is supported by paying the tariffs.

COIDA – the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act 130 of 1993 clearly sets out the legal requirements for tariffs, compensation and the limitations for claims for workers who are injured, or who contract illnesses and diseases while they’re at work.

The Occupational Health and Safety Act protect people from being injured or getting sick at work. Nevertheless, injuries can still occur and when this happens, the compensation system – COIDA is in place to assist workers.

How do workers get hold of COIDA?

Here are the contact offices:

Head Office – Cape Town Tel: 021 975 2694

Gauteng Province: Tel: 012 667 5475

Northern Cape: Tel: 053 832 1877

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