The Minister for the Public Service and Administration, Ms 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).

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. The combined total number of cases is 44 190.

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. Pension is included in the definition of conditions of service.

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.

Minister Dlodlo therefore encourages all relevant stakeholders including the GEPF, GPAA, Premiers of all the Provinces, Department of Home Affairs, the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), traditional leaders and labour unions, to alert former Public Servants and their beneficiaries to apply for these unclaimed pension benefits.

Minister Dlodlo also calls upon all former Public Servants who have not yet claimed their pension benefits, to approach their closest regional Walk-In Centres of the Government Employees Pensions Fund in all nine provinces across the country, to apply for their unclaimed benefits.

The Minister also calls on family members and/or beneficiaries of a deceased former public servant to contact the GEPF to ascertain whether they are entitled to any unclaimed pension benefits.

Source: Government of South Africa