in Pensions Prejudices Miners
Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique
The Mozambican National Social Security
Institute (INSS) has denounced delays in the forwarding of pensions by the
South African Rand Mutual insurance company, to Mozambicans who once
worked on the South African gold mines, reports Thursday's issue of the
Maputo daily "Noticias".
The delays are damaging the interests
of the former miners and their families. The INSS said that, for instance,
Rand Mutual only sent payment for 80 of the about 500 pensions due in
Meanwhile, the delegate of the
Mozambican Labour ministry in South Africa, Pedro Taimo, said that more
than 1,000 cases are pending the location of their beneficiaries in
He noted, however, that the problem of
failing to locate the former miners or their relatives is being gradually
overcome, after a series of seminars conducted by the Labour Ministry,
involving district administrators and other officials who are dealing with
issues related to migrant workers.
Those meetings took place in the
southern provinces of Maputo, Gaza, and Inhambane, where most of the
miners are recruited.
"Our efforts are to locate all the
beneficiaries, because when this fails, the money is returned, while the
legitimate beneficiaries are still in need of the funds", said Taimo.
He explained that in the past, Rand
Mutual experienced difficulties in locating the beneficiaries and, because
of that, an amendment to the protocol signed between the Mozambican and
the South African governments was adopted in 1997, establishing that the
pensions be channeled through the INSS.
Further delays occur when, because of
some mistake in writing the name of the beneficiary, the Rand Mutual
cheques have to be returned for corrections.
"For its part, the INSS complains
of losing lots of money in the process of returning the cheques. Now Rand
Mutual wants the pensions to be channeled through "Teba" (The
Employment Bureau of Africa), specialised in contracting the mine labour
force. For us this is not the most correct solution, because the
Mozambican state will remain a mere spectator", said Taimo.
He added "No decision has yet been
taken on this matter, but as soon as INSS notified us of the delays in
receiving the cheques we scheduled a meeting with the Rand Mutual
management to find out what was happening".
Rand Mutual should send the Mozambican
Labour delegation in South Africa a list of all the pension cheques
forwarded to the INSS every month, and this institution, for its part,
sends Rand Mutual, via the Labour delegation, the list of the cheques paid