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Ex-miners push for pension funds

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By Patience Lunda:

Ken Kandodo

Northern Region ex-miners association has threatened to hold demonstrations at the South African Embassy following delay in giving them their pension money.

The ex-miners who worked in South African mines under Teba and Wenela were supposed to start receiving their pension in 2016.

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According to the association’s secretary, Winister Lubanda, the immediate past government asked them to open bank accounts with a promise to start sending them their money.

Meanwhile, the association has given government a 30-day ultimatum to respond to their queries, saying failure to do so will prompt them to hold demonstrations.

“We want our money because we are suffering and every time we try to get hold of them, we are never told anything concrete. The South African government was clear that even those have died but have relations will receive the money,” he said.

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Reacting to the development, Minister of Labour, Skills and Innovation, Ken Kandodo, admitted that the complaint was valid, saying he intends to have an interface with members of the association.

Kandodo said he is currently following up with concerned parties on progress of the matter.

“I have received the complaint, it is valid and I am making follow ups to know how far the issue has gone. These people did a great job and they have to receive their pension money which is why I am even ready to meet them to map the way forward,” he said.

Currently, there are over 49 000 registered ex-miners expected to get their pension arrears according to statistics from the Ministry of Labour.

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