Malawians who worked in mines in South Africa under the defunct Temporary Employment Bureau of Africa (Teba) are failing to access their compensation which is at R18 million (about K1billion) because they failed to fill the required forms provided by the then Alexander Forbes.
The money is said to be with the South African Government.
Minister of Labour, Youth and Manpower Development, Henry Mussa, confirmed yesterday during orientation workshop for district labour officers on how they can assist the ex-miners to fill the claim forms.
“As I speak, a minimum of 60,000 Malawian ex-miners are eligible claimants. Unfortunately, the forms that were completed sometime last year by ex-miners were sent back as rejects because the information in the forms was irrelevant to the original data of South African mines,” Mussa said.
Mussa said, for instance, the claimants were writing Malawi Electoral Commission identity numbers on the forms, which he said was all wrong. Mussa said ex-miners from Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia got their money.
Mussa has given district labour officers two weeks to complete the exercise urging them to be on top of the matter to make sure that every question on the forms is answered correctly.
“We are starting all over again. We have brought our labour officers from the Consulate in South Africa and other two officers that underwent the orientation by those who are managing the funds in South Africa. They should teach the desk officers in the districts,” he said.
Chairperson of the ex-miners, John Dick, was optimistic that the exercise will be smooth, this time around.
“We have all things that the funds administrators are looking for. What is good enough is that government has returned all documents so that we start the process again,” Dick said.