Former mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cial awaits his pen­sion pay-out

Talk of the Town - - News - ROB KNOWLES

A FORMER Nd­lambe mu­nic­i­pal em­ployee who worked as a switch­board op­er­a­tor at the fire depart­ment, has had con­sid­er­able prob­lems in hav­ing his pen­sion paid out, de­spite hav­ing waited for 20 months since the ter­mi­na­tion of his em­ploy­ment.

But Mzox­olo Mdok­wana con­tested his ter­mi­na­tion, tak­ing his case to the South African Lo­cal Govern­ment Bar­gain­ing Coun­cil (SALBC) where a rul­ing was made against his ap­pli­ca­tion and in sup­port of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity. SALBC pan­el­list Phumelele Dhlodhlo re­leased his find­ings in a document dated May 25 this year.

To date, no money has been paid into Mdok­wana’s ac­count.

On en­quir­ing at the mu­nic­i­pal­ity re­gard­ing his pen­sion con­tri­bu­tions and pay-out on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, Mdok­wana said he was told they were ei­ther in the Cape Joint Re­tire­ment Fund (used to man­age pen­sion con­tri­bu­tions of mu­nic­i­pal em­ploy­ees) or in Mo­men­tum.

“I called Mo­men­tum to see where my money was, but they had no record of me,” Mdok­wana said..

Con­cerned, Mdok­wana went back to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to find out what was hap­pen­ing.

“I spoke with [mu­nic­i­pal se­nior per­son­nel of­fi­cer] Ol­wethu Saul and she was help­ful and as­sisted me to fill out the nec­es­sary forms,” Mdok­wana said.

Yet, de­spite con­stant con­tact, Mdok­wana was un­able to as­cer­tain where his money was.

On Mon­day, af­ter Talk of the Town had made en­quiries to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, Mo­men­tum con­tacted TotT to as­sure us that the ap­pro­pri­ate forms had been re­ceived by Mo­men­tum in June, and that the ap­pro­pri­ate pro­ce­dures had to be fol­lowed in order to make a pay-out.

We were told that they were now ready to pay out the pen­sion and left a con­tact num­ber to en­able Mdok­wana to con­tact them.

At the time of go­ing to press, Mdok­wana had not been able to con­tact Mo­men­tum and no pay-out had been re­ceived.

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