On 30 September and 7 October, SERI participated in the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA) training hosted Solidarity Center. The first session, conducted on 30 September, brought together approximately 50 physical attendees, with additional participants joining online. The session was attended by a number of government stakeholders. SERI was represented by Thulani Nkosi, Grace Gomba and Thando George. Notably, representatives from domestic workers unions, including Izwi Domestic Workers Union (Izwi), South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union (SADSAWU), and United Domestic Workers of South Africa (UDWOSA), also joined the event.
The first session, led by the National Institute of Occupational Health (NIOH) and Professor David Rees, focused on exploring medical concepts and their application in the context of worker compensation, specifically within the domestic work sector.
The second session, which took place on 7 October at the Holiday Inn in Johannesburg, brought together approximately 30 in-person attendees, with others participating online. George Kahn of Richard Spoor Inc attorneys led the session. He delved into the legal provisions and requirements of the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act concerning the social security rights of workers and their dependents. George Kahn's presentation also addressed the scope of coverage under COIDA, the benefits it offers, the triggering conditions for these benefits, and the methodologies for calculating them.