In October 2020, the Executive Management Team was appointed to run the day-to-day operations of the trust and to ensure the infrastructure and processes are in place for the lodgement of claims and payment of compensation to eligible claimants.

The executive team comprises of Daniel Kotton - CEO of the Trust, Tina da Cruz (the lead individual in the Interim Management Team) - Chief Operations Officer, Dr Zahan Eloff - Medical Director and Edzani Muedi - Chief Financial Officer and Lusanda Jiya – Executive: Stakeholder Relations and Communications. The Trust has set up offices in Parktown, Johannesburg and has recruited management and other staff involved in various positions including stakeholder engagement and communications, claims administration, training, outreach and field activities, and medical certification management.


The Trust has established a number of the structures required by the Trust Deed including appointing individuals to posts specified in the Trust Deed. The central structures for the approval of claims are:

The Medical Certification Panel, that assesses the medical reports that must accompany each claim. A panel of twelves medical doctors have been appointed to sit on the panel – with three required to approve the medical aspects of each claim; and

The Trust Certification Committee, which must approve all other aspects of each claim for compliance with the rules of the Trust.

Medical Advisory Panel
The Trust Deed also provides for the appointment of an expert Medical Advisory Panel. It, too has been appointed:

Main members
  • Dr Mpho Rabada
  • Prof Mohammed Jeebhay
  • Prof David Rees
Alternate members
  • Dr Spo Kgalamono
  • Associate Prof Saloshni Naidoo
  • Dr Vanessa Govender
Right of appeal
Any claimant whose application is declined, either on medical or any other grounds, may lodge an appeal with the relevant one of two bodies.

Medical Reviewing Authority
  • Prof. Rodney Ehrlich (OccupationalHealth Specialist)
  • Prof. Lalloo (Pulmonologist)
  • Dr. Nomhle Makaula-Chimusoro (Radiologist)
Alternate members
  • Dr. Rajen Naidoo (Occupational Health Specialist)
  • Prof. E M Irusen (Pulmonologist)
  • Dr Qonita Said-Hartley (Radiologist)
Certification Reviewing Authority
Members of the Certification Reviewing Authority have not yet been appointed.