On the 26th of April, patrons from far and wide within the insurance sector were treated to a day of learning and festivities in at the Insurance Institute of Botswana's forum for the newly revamped Worker's Compensation Act.
Hosted at the prestigious TraveLodgee's Conference Centre, the event was graced by industry giants, who came out in full force. Welcoming the guests was the deputy president of the IIB, Ms. Elaina Gonsalves.
Taking center stage was the keyonte speaker, honourable Permanent Secretary from the Ministry of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development Ms. Pearl Ramokoka.
IIB's very own Helen Kizito was up next. She gave the overview of the Act, briefly talking about it's precursors from as far back as the Industrial Era. She talked about the liabilities that befall an employer, as well as the responsibilities that apply to the employee in the case of an injury on the job.
After a light tea, Mr. Moagi Moloi from Minchin & Kelly offered up the legal aspects of the compensation. He engaged the audience in a Q&A session, giving out scenarios where an employee was injured and enquiring whether or not and why the employer was liable for compensating them.
Offering up his medical expertise was Dr. Ntwaagae, representing Meriting Medical Centre. Though pressed for time, he was able to lay out how the medical professionals scale out the how compensation should be handed out, in accordance with the degree of injury.
Mr. Tshiamo Moreri, a claims manager from Bryte Insurance Company was next to offer his two cents, citing how claims pertaining to compensations of work-related injuries. He passed on the torch to Mr. Shadrack Josay, who came from the Water Utilities Corporation as their Principal Occupational Health & Safety Officer. He was up to talk about, more than anytjing, the prevention of work related injuries totally. He gave a very educational speech on occupational health and safety, urging companies to abide by the code of ethics.
Last on the speaking agenda was Bongani Milton of Milton Forensics, there to talking about fraud. He cited that as much as the Workers Compensation Act was set up to help those injured on the job, there will always be those who seek to exploit it. He urged against this, giving an overview of the stringnet measures in place to curb this, all of which he is privvy to as a forensic investigator.
Wrappping up the proceedings of the day was IIB's Education Sub-Commitee head, Mr. Alfred Tembo with a vote of thanks. He the went on to, along with Martin Wright, another commitee member, award apprecaition certificates to the attendants. A light cocktail followed, which allowed for networking.
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