It’s been reported that His Excellency, Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma appointed three additional remuneration commissioners for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers.
As learnt, the new remuneration commissioners are Sipho Masenjana Sibandze, Garth Michael Barnard and Matshego Jacqueline Ramagaga.
They’ll henceforth, work with Loyiso Mbabane, Ronel Nienaber, Thandeka Nozipho Mgoduso and Justice Cagney John Musi.
The commission was established to make recommendations concerning salaries, benefits, allowances and the resources required by public officials. Thus, the new commissioners were appointed to strengthen the commission’s effectiveness.
Honorable Zuma congratulated the new commissioners and wished them success in their new responsibilities.
Meanwhile, the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has urged social grant beneficiaries to make alternative arrangements with financial service providers on how premiums will be paid.
That, comes with the amendments of the regulations of the Social Assistance Act of 2004 this year. With that, social grant beneficiaries now have to make alternative arrangements regarding the payment of funeral insurance premiums.
The amendment of the regulations, according to SASSA’s national spokesperson, was a necessary and responsible step.
Kgomoco Diseko said SASSA and the Social Development Department took the step in order to protect vulnerable beneficiaries against shady financial service providers.
“The law allows for only a maximum of 10% of the grant value to be deducted. And, requires that SASSA should be informed whenever a beneficiary enters into a contract with a funeral insurance service provider.
In some cases, SASSA is not involved and this results in unauthorized deductions which come as a surprise to the beneficiary when the next payment cycle comes.
This happens in cases where beneficiaries are approached and made to sign agreements that are not explained to them,” Diseko buttressed.
So, if you are receiving a grant for older persons, war veterans or a permanent disability grant and would like to have the premiums for your funeral policy/scheme deducted directly from your grant, you’ll have to visit the nearest SASSA office to give permission in writing and in person for these deductions to go through.
Alternatively, you can contact SASSA on 0800601011 or 0124002322 to make arrangements for home visits.