Bid to trace pensioners

2013-05-28 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The government pension fund will appoint a private company to track down thousands of beneficiaries to pay out more than R650 million in unclaimed pensions and benefits.

Joel Ramatlhape, chief information officer of the Government Pensions Administrative Agency (GPAA), last week informed Parliament’s portfolio committee on public service and administration that the government pension fund held more than R650 million in unclaimed pensions and funeral benefits.

He told members of Parliament that most of the unclaimed pensions were owed to people who had deserted the civil service.

DA MP David Ross had written to Arthur Moloto, chair of the Government Employee Pension Fund, asking about progress in finding beneficiaries of pensions.

Moloto did not react to the questions posed by Ross.

Khaya Buthelezi, spokesperson for the fund, did respond to questions from sister paper Die Burger. She said a team set up by the fund had found some 19 000 beneficiaries since July last year. She could not say what amount was paid to them. A private agency will now be appointed to trace more beneficiaries.

Buthelezi added that unclaimed pensions are guaranteed by the state and will be paid out when claimed.

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