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Minister calls on former public servants to submit their claims

The Government Pensions Administration Agency (GPAA) has found that over 17 000 beneficiaries have not claimed their pension funds.

ALL former public servants and their beneficiaries have been called to claim their outstanding pension benefits. This follows the Government Pensions Administration Agency (GPAA)’s finding that there are more than 17 000 cases of unclaimed pension funds and over 26 thousand unclaimed benefits.

In a statement the department of Public Service and Administration said,”The Minister, Ayanda Dlodlo, calls upon on all former public servants and their beneficiaries to come forward to apply for their unclaimed and unpaid pension benefits currently lying with the Government Pensions Administration Agency (GPAA).

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The GPAA, which administers the pension fund on behalf of the Government Employees Pensions Fund (GEPF), has reported that by 31 May 2018, there were 17 271 cases of unclaimed benefits and during the same period, there were 26 919 cases of unpaid benefits.”

In terms of section 3(5) of the Public Service Act, 1994, the Minister for the Public Service and Administration is subject to the Labour Relations Act, 1995 and any collective agreement concluded in the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC), for the responsible determination of any conditions of services generally or categories of employees including salary scales and allowances for particular categories of employees in the public service.

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The department went on to say,”Emanating from this responsibility to determine conditions of services, is also an obligation to communicate an awareness of the conclusion and/or existence of these conditions of services to employees in the public service and to former employees which include pension benefits and pay-outs.”

To know more about how to lodge your application, call GPAA on their toll free number, 0800 117 669.

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