Work-related deaths decline

PUBLIC Service minister Prisca Mupfumira has revealed that the number of people who died in work-related accidents went down from 98 in 2014 to 54 last year.


Priscah Mupfumira

Priscah Mupfumira

Delivering her ministerial statement in Parliament last Wednesday on the state of the National Social Security Authority (NSSA), Mupfumira said 5 380 workplace injuries were recorded in 2015 with 54 deaths.

“While this was a marked decrease to the 2014 levels of 5 491 injuries and 98 deaths, the ratio per registered workplace remains unacceptably high,” she said.

“My ministry is working on various legislative measures to empower NSSA to oversee the safety of our workplaces.”

Mupfumira said Zimbabwe had 1 387 registered elevators as at December 2015, with 707 currently out of service.

“NSSA carried out 1 357 inspections of elevators and found out that only 521 or 38% of the country’s elevators comply with safety standards,” she said.

“Three major elevator accidents were reported in 2015 and two lives were lost. The condition of the country’s elevators has deteriorated over the years. This is linked to the difficult economic environment and poor rental yields currently prevailing in the property sector.”

Mupfumira said NSSA experienced a 7% decline in contributions in 2015 compared to the previous year, reflecting the difficult economic environment and the massive job cuts that occurred last year following a July 17 Supreme Court ruling allowing employers to terminate workers’ contracts at short notice.

“NSSA has a total of 26 205 registered employers and from these employers 1 252 144 workers are contributing to NSSA pensions.

“NSSA lost 14 000 contributions through various retrenchments and company closures. NSSA is owed $266 million by various employers as at December 2015,” she said.

Mupfumira claimed NSSA pension pay-outs of $60 per month were comparable to countries like Namibia ($66), Ghana ($53) and Tanzania ($30).

“In 2015 a total of $107,8 million was paid to NSSA members for various benefits with retirement pension and survivor’s pensions accounting for $53,4 million and $46,4 million respectively. A bonus of $6 million was also paid to members in December 2015,” she said.

With a balance sheet of $1,3 billion, Mupfumira said NSSA investments were composed of $292 million in real estate,
$164 million in shares in listed and non-listed companies, $102,5 million invested in banks and $90,4 million invested in prescribed assets.

The investments generated total income of $23,5 million, being interest income of $10,5 million, rental income of $7 million and dividends of $6 million.

NSSA expenses were said to be higher than generated income, with total costs at $47,3 million against generated total investment income of $23,5 million as at December 2014. Staff costs accounted for $22 million.

20 Responses to Work-related deaths decline

  1. Tungundu March 7, 2016 at 8:13 am #

    The country has 80% unemployment, what do you expect!!!!

  2. maita March 7, 2016 at 9:35 am #

    Priscila there are not much workers in Zimbabwe so nothing to brag about. Mediocrity yanyanyisa guys.

  3. jonso March 7, 2016 at 9:48 am #

    NXAAA arikubasa ndiani? Who is still working in Zimbabwe?

  4. morning March 7, 2016 at 10:58 am #

    anotadza kudzika sei iwo ma company akavhara tsvagai zvimwe zvokutaura izvi hazviite

  5. Abbie March 7, 2016 at 11:20 am #

    On the back of endless company closures she thinks this is an achievement? Is this woman for real?

  6. CAN CONCLUDE WITHOUT READING March 7, 2016 at 11:22 am #

    I will not waste time reading the above article; with unemployment levels hovering towards 100%, work-related deaths can only approach ZERO %.

  7. Chamangwiza March 7, 2016 at 11:28 am #

    That is because there is no work …idiot minister….

  8. Krystal March 7, 2016 at 11:42 am #

    There is no one at work, wouldn’t it be bizarre is someone was actually dying there?

  9. CDE HASHA March 7, 2016 at 12:54 pm #

    Is the minister of labour normal? Its like expecting to be hit by a goods train in zaka where there is not even a railway line.

  10. Ziso rejongwe March 7, 2016 at 12:56 pm #

    Wake up Mupfumira. Where are the companies?

  11. March 7, 2016 at 12:58 pm #

    Mupfumira, do you remember Made seeing shrubs from a helicopter and declared on state TV that the country has green maize all over and was bound for a big harvest? You are worse than Made.

  12. LINDA RUZVIDZO March 7, 2016 at 12:59 pm #

    Worst Minister

  13. Monica Ndlovu March 7, 2016 at 1:01 pm #

    hahahahahahahahaha, what a dumb. She expects work related accidents from a vegetable vendor sitting infront of a shop in Epworth.

  14. Mwanawevhu March 7, 2016 at 1:06 pm #

    Does she really know the rate of unemployment in Zimbabwe. How can she display such irrationality. As a minister we expect you to talk sense and not this nonsense. If you have nothing to say, just enjoy your holidaying. We have not asked you to hallucinate because we know that you can do more than that. Infact ask CDE MADE who once saw a lot of maize yet they were shrubs. CDE MINISTER. Think then talk after.

  15. chimurenga kids March 7, 2016 at 1:12 pm #

    This minister and Dokora must go for training. Look at the way they illtreat civil servants. Now they have made teachers to look like zero grades. no more dignity. Dokora, when are you going to wake up? You think to be a popular minister is through illtreating those in your ministry. Look at an Stembiso Nyoni, they work hard to empower ma SMEs, ana Zhuwawu and doing something to make the youths of Zimbabwe smile, Mupfumira na dokora you are doing everything to make sure teachers shed tears. Shame on you. Unless to choose to serve those in your ministry and not ill treating them, we will not say any kind words to you.

  16. Nhema Chena March 7, 2016 at 1:13 pm #

    Does the minister know how to talk or only how to vomit?

  17. Predator March 7, 2016 at 1:32 pm #

    and for 2016 we shall have less that 5 work related deaths and the Minister will think we have achieved much.kkkkkkkkkkkk.

  18. solagidrob March 7, 2016 at 1:58 pm #

    I e­a­r­n 55 bu­ck­s pe­r ho­ur f­or w­or­­­ki­­ng on­­lin­­e. I n­ev­­er th­o­ug­ht I’­d be­ ab­­le t­o do i­­t bu­t m­­­y fri­en­d pr­of­­­i­­­ts $­­1­0­­­k /m­­on­­th b­­­y d­­oi­­ng thi­­s jo­­­b a­­nd SR sh­­­e r­­ec­­­o­­mm­­en­­ded ­­m­­e t­­o c­­hec­­k it out. T­ry i­­t o­­ut on f­­ol­­lo­wi­­ng we­­bsi­­te, y­­­­­ou ha­­ve no­­th­in­­g t­o lo­­se………

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  19. nyashanu March 8, 2016 at 5:27 pm #

    Nhema Chena you are right that is vomiting just like her counterparts. She doesn’t have the slightest clue of what is meant by work related accidents in Zimbabwe. If we are to tell her that she should include those who have died in road accidents in buses and many other modes of transport going to order some wares for reselling these people will be at work. How many companies are operating. Also take into account those being killed by crocodiles and swept by the limp op trying to cross into neighbouring SA to look for jobs. Hapana zvamataura ambuya

  20. sangie March 9, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

    hahahaha because there is no work , nothing else, ummmh excellent nyashanu

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