Former municipal official awaits his pension pay-out
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.