Former soldiers explained rights

2017-03-02 06:00
Retired soldiers attended a two day Special Pension Stakeholder induction training workshop at the Cape Town Civic Centre.

Retired soldiers attended a two day Special Pension Stakeholder induction training workshop at the Cape Town Civic Centre.

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The establishment of a partnership between the Special Pensions Administration and political stakeholders was hailed by members of former liberation armed forces.

The forces include members of Umkhonto Wesizwe, Azanian National Liberation Army (Azanla) and Azanian Peoples Army (Apla) who are currently on pension.

The office of the Special Pensions Fund (SPF) held a two-day induction workshop where all stakeholders were informed of their rights.

Western Cape SPF regional co-ordinator Nobom Sonto said the workshop covered acts and amendments pertaining to pensions as contained in Act 69 of 1996.

Key issues raised were that the Special Pensions Office must change its officials because there were complains levelled against them.

The stakeholders committee was asked to keep contact with respective formations to improve communication and information flow.

The issue of Department of Military Veteran’s administration was raised as a “matter that needs urgent attention” as many in the house felt it does help the majority of the veterans.

Sonto said participants gained enough information to share with their political parties.

“This is an indication of narrowing the gap between retired officers and the Special Pension officials,” said Sonto.

Former Robben Island prisoner and PAC veteran Kwedi Mkalipi thanked the SPA for organising the workshop and officers for attending.

“We got a lot important information here and I hope we will make use of it,” said Mkalipi.

Western Cape branch manager Mario Jones also thanked the participants and representatives from the head office.

He also conveyed an appreciation on working relationship with the SPF.

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