More Namibians taking maternity leave

11 Aug 2013 13:59

More than N$40 million  has been paid out as maternity benefits over the last three months, the Social Security Commission has noted.
This represents a significant rise in benefits compared to the same period last year.
“The total Matenirty, Sick leave and Death (MSD) benefits amounted to N$54.5m while payments for compensation, mediacal and pensions under the Employees’ Compensation Fund (ECF made up N$5.6m. Last year, during the same time these amounts were N$37.9 and N$3.8m respectively,” the commission says.
The SSC says the maternity leave beneficiaries received the biggest share between March and present day, followed by sick leave claimants of which N$5.7m, a 61% increase from N$3.5m last year was recorded.
Death benefits also saw a 26% increase, while the retirements increased by 46%.
In total, benefits paid out reached an amount of N$60.17m compared to N$41.8m last year for the same period.
“The good news is that more people are going on maternity leave, a good move for population statistics,” Rino Muranda, Head of Corporate Communications noted, adding that the year on year growth was indicative of the growth of the institution and its client base.
“We are happy that the numbers of claims have increased by 33% year-on-year for MSD benefits and 44% for the EFC benefits. This means that our people are benefiting and make use of the SCC funds, thereby enhancing and supporting their lives,” he stated.
The SCC has grown its membership base as there are currently 45 363 employee registrations, while only 2 742 were de-registered during the period under review.
The Khomas Region has the most employees registered with the SSC, 277 470 as of June 2013.
Karas is second in line on 59 259, while the Otjozondjupa region is third on 26 779.
The total MSD employee membership represents a growth of 3.3% from 465 047 to 480 382 during the first six months since March 2013.