Or­gan­i­sa­tion for pen­sion­ers’ rights

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Leon Dou­glas van der Merwe

I WISH to re­fer to your ar­ti­cle pub­lished in “The Star” (“Pen­sioner tells of il­licit grant de­duc­tions”, June 6) by Sakhile Ndlazi.

As a pen­sioner, I am sure many con­cerned pen­sion­ers and South Africans were touched by the story. Her vol­un­tary sup­port of her three grand­chil­dren and un­em­ployed daugh­ter is amaz­ing and ad­mirable.

This 73-year-old lady has, ir­re­spec­tive of her me­nial job as a farm worker, been con­tribut­ing to the econ­omy for 40 years.

At present her dig­nity and in­tegrity and qual­ity of life is be­ing in­sulted and abused. How many more el­derly pen­sion­ers have con­trib­uted sim­i­larly, if not to a greater ex­tent, to the im­prove­ment of the con­di­tions be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter the apartheid era.

South Africa has be­come a cir­cus and farce of po­lit­i­cal, fi­nan­cial, crim­i­nal and moral cor­rup­tion and de­gen­er­a­tion.

We re­quire a na­tional uni­fied ef­fort to im­prove pen­sioner con­di­tions.

I pro­pose that a le­gal or­gan­i­sa­tion be founded na­tion­ally. Which, for ex­am­ple, can be named the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion for Pen­sion­ers Ben­e­fits. Such an or­gan­i­sa­tion can fight for the rights of pen­sion­ers.

I chal­lenge The Star to com­pare pen­sions and ben­e­fits in coun­tries such as the US, Canada, UK, Aus­tralia and the Euro­pean con­ti­nent.

A sim­ple equa­tion is us­ing R50 as an ex­am­ple of sin­gle per­son ex­pen­di­ture per day on food. If mul­ti­plied by 30 days in a month it to­tals R1 500.

How does the per­son pay rent, elec­tric­ity, cloth­ing, medicine in­ter alia with a R100 bal­ance?

I wish to thank Sassa, spon­sors, con­trib­u­tors, in­sti­tu­tions, dis­coun­ters and do­na­tions by those con­cerned. God bless you. Turf­fontein

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