SSC members urged to claim benefits

31 August 2017 | Local News

The Social Security Commission (SSC) said unclaimed benefits become a liability because such funds do not return to the reserves of the parastatal for any other use - should they go unclaimed after a certain period.

Around 1 000 people have yet to claim their employment compensation while 260 have failed to claim maternity, sick and death fund benefits from the SSC.

The commission said in case of unclaimed death benefits, descendants can contact the SSC's finance department in Windhoek to arrange for the processing of such claims.

The reasons for the unclaimed benefits are usually due to incorrect banking details or banking accounts, wrong postal addresses and other contact details, failure to claim, no-one putting in a claim, and disputes amongst family members as to who the rightful beneficiaries are.

The SSC at least once a year publishes unclaimed monies in the Government Gazette. These are also placed on all notice boards at all SSC's branches and satellite offices, as well as notice boards of key stakeholders.

It intends to commence with a “call out” on NBC's language programmes in September to all listed claimants or beneficiaries to collect their money, said SSC's manager of communication and marketing, Unomengi Kauapirura.



CATHERINE SASMAN

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