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RAF's finances improve

The Road Accident Fund held a press conference recently at its Centurion head offices to celebrate some of the recent improvement in their finances.  There was much emphasis on a surplus, but the greater effect of the surplus was simply to reduce the deficit. 

In other words, the deficit of the Road Accident Fund had been R17 billion and now that is down to R14 billion.  That of course is still very good news and it is a nice improvement, but it is still a deficit.  One has to wait and see what sort of cost savings will come as a result of the Road Accident Fund no longer using attorneys and there can be no doubt that many matters, which should never go to court in the first place, can be settled more cost-effectively by the claims handlers.  At the current time clients still face lengthy waits before they are paid, because the deficit continues and it is only once the deficit is eliminated entirely that the waiting period of the last few years will no longer exist. 

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Brenda Strydom  said:
on Monday 26-Jul-21 07:35 AM
This is great news. There is so many people waiting for payment from the RAF, Hopefully they will start making payments soon

BRONWYN  said:
on Wednesday 14-Jul-21 08:33 AM
This is some good news hopefully clients will be paid what is due to them soon

thembi  said:
on Tuesday 13-Jul-21 03:25 PM
That is great news indeed, now they can start paying

Sune  said:
on Wednesday 07-Jul-21 04:59 PM
All we can do is hope for the best! There are many firms and clients still waiting for the RAF to make payments.

sandra  said:
on Wednesday 07-Jul-21 04:49 PM
This is some good news. This is a nice improvement and there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Franzelle Ekron  said:
on Wednesday 07-Jul-21 10:28 AM
Some good news for once. It would be really nice if they could start paying

Jolene   said:
on Monday 05-Jul-21 10:54 AM
Some good news for once. It seems like there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Lets hope they will start paying soon.

Lauren  said:
on Monday 05-Jul-21 09:17 AM
It is a great start and hopefully things continue on a positive path as that would mean road accident fund victims will see some sort of justice.

Daniella  said:
on Monday 05-Jul-21 09:02 AM
Lets hope that they start paying soon!

Bianca Taljaard  said:
on Sunday 04-Jul-21 09:22 AM
I am happy that it is going well for the. It would be really nice if they could start paying

Melissa van Tellingen   said:
on Friday 02-Jul-21 05:00 PM
Only time will tell I suppose! Lets see the positive in things and hope that payment will take place sooner as a result thereof. It can only get better from now on I suppose.

Henrietta  said:
on Friday 02-Jul-21 04:14 PM
Just wish they can start paying claims. RAF Victims has been waiting forever and still no clue as to when they getting paid. It's sad that they waiting so long yet good news about their cash flow. If only they can start paying even better news.

Tersia  said:
on Friday 02-Jul-21 02:42 PM
We should probably try and see the positive in this. Hopefully things will get better and better for them but I believe it will take many years. Fingers crossed that payment will flood in for the clients.

Luchell  said:
on Friday 02-Jul-21 12:52 PM
The RAF is definitely not saving money because they are not paying clients who really need the money in times like this. Lets hope they are paying soon.

Zindy   said:
on Friday 02-Jul-21 11:50 AM
That is great news, Now lets hold thumbs that they will start paying clients soon as some clients have been waiting for payments that are long overdue and really do need the money now more than ever.

Lucretia  said:
on Friday 02-Jul-21 11:33 AM
The only reason the RAF is saving money at this moment is because they are not paying out the parties who so desperately need the money. Why do the poor clients have to suffer for the misuse of the RAF's money. Maybe if they did not wait for the 11 hour to settle matters, they would be saving a lot more money...................pay the client RAF, they need their money.

Ashleigh De Villiers  said:
on Wednesday 30-Jun-21 04:28 PM
I hope that it is improving and time will tell if it really is. There are many client's, law firms and experts depending on this.

Alexis  said:
on Monday 28-Jun-21 04:34 PM
This is very good news, and one can only hope that it will improve and clients start getting paid etc. |t has been a long time

Angelique  said:
on Monday 21-Jun-21 09:08 AM
Lets hope it only gets better from here. I am sure many defendant attorneys are still waiting to be paid as well as many innocent victims and claimants.

Sarah  said:
on Monday 21-Jun-21 09:00 AM
This is good news, I hope they start paying our clients soon, a lot of our clients really need their money.

Melissa  said:
on Friday 18-Jun-21 09:12 AM
This is wonderful news, but seeing is believing. Lets hope they will start paying soon as it's not fair that client's have to wait so long for payment as they are depending on the funds

Danielle  said:
on Monday 14-Jun-21 09:28 AM
Any good news from RAF is very welcoming. We hope they can put the money to good use and start paying our clients what's due to them.

Chante  said:
on Friday 11-Jun-21 09:42 AM
Hopefully the payment process will speed up not only for the attorneys claiming for clients but also for clients awaiting payments. At this stage all we can do is hope

Jessica  said:
on Friday 11-Jun-21 09:28 AM
I am glad to see they have managed to save some money, however their new way is a bit of a worry, how effective will it be? Will it really benefit clients? Because we know it sounds amazing and everything. But when reality hits it doesn't really go well. There is so much to look at like they want to settle matters in 120days, YAY but then what about their own implementing of the AMA guides? Like, will that fall away now due to MMI? or what will happen in that aspect? so many questions.

Megan  said:
on Friday 11-Jun-21 08:59 AM
As South Africans we really have to be extremely complacent, we accept any "good news" we hear from government institution. Nothing can function 100% with the highly ranked individuals we have, honestly.

Helen  said:
on Friday 11-Jun-21 08:08 AM
We have to stay positive, so any news from RAF about their finances and improvement of cash flow are the good news.
Only the time when for us those news will be good, when we will start receiving payments from RAF and pay our clients, clients have been waiting for very long time!

Ziyanda  said:
on Thursday 10-Jun-21 04:49 PM
It is always a good thing when there are some sort of improvements at the RAF...Hopefully the victims will receive their payments...

Roxanne Rautenbach  said:
on Thursday 10-Jun-21 03:00 PM
This is great news, the clients really need this and I'm hoping that they will get paid soon.

fikile  said:
on Thursday 10-Jun-21 11:38 AM
This is good news indeed, but the question is how long will this be good news for? because this is the RAF we are talking about and is not even promising to keep it's own word. They are corrupt and will always be but all we can do is hope that they will keep good news coming. It is sad to think that people still have to wait for their money while they have been waiting

Claudia B  said:
on Thursday 10-Jun-21 10:22 AM
This is very nice to hear from the RAF, they are starting to get the R17 billion down, slowly but surely. Still very sad that the clients have to wait so long for payment from the RAF.

Clare   said:
on Thursday 10-Jun-21 09:08 AM
This is great news from the RAF, I will take it. I hope that they will be paying out soon. clients have waited many months for there money, its time to pay them what is due to them. This can make there lives a little better especially now with the pandemic we are currently going through. As the unemployment rate is just going higher and higher. I am holding thumbs for the RAF and for the clients to get there money that is due.

Patrick Sedutla  said:
on Thursday 10-Jun-21 09:01 AM
Any good news from raf will always be welcomed. Lets hope that the situation will improve even further for good.

Michelle B  said:
on Thursday 10-Jun-21 08:55 AM
Whilst this is good news, and one should be happy that the situation is improving, it is still a situation that could have been avoided all together. Victims are suffering and struggling to live. This is a tragedy in itself.

Kayla  said:
on Thursday 10-Jun-21 08:52 AM
Lets just hope they will be paying out soon. Clients have waited many months and have suffered a great ordeal. The payouts can change many lives.

Bianca Niemann   said:
on Thursday 10-Jun-21 08:52 AM
Good news. But like you say, the waiting period will not be as it should be as long as there is a deficit. Hopefully things will continue to improve

david  said:
on Thursday 10-Jun-21 07:31 AM
absolutely disgraceful, the time that victims are made to wait for their payment.

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