04 Jul 2016 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 04 JUL (NAMPA) The Social Security Commission (SSC) has extended the deadline for honouring claims from non-registered members from 30 June 2016 to 28 February 2017.
The extension follows consultations with key stakeholders to give sufficient time to employers and employees who are currently non-compliant to register in the prescribed manner with the commission.
The SSC noted that some companies would deduct contributions from their employees, pay such contributions to the fund (SSC) but not register the employees with the fund, leading to a situation whereby people would claim compensation from the fund, only to discover they are not registered.
This situation would then lead to delayed payment of claims and complaints from claimants. It necessitated the SSC to give all non-compliant companies and Government institutions the deadline of 30 June 2016.
Speaking to Nampa on Monday, Acting Manager for Communications and Marketing Castro Tjizoo said the Social Security Act, 34 of 1994 states that no claim for any benefit payable under this Act shall be considered by the Social Security Commission to non-registered members.
He said as from 28 February 2017, payments will only be made to people who are registered with the fund.
The fund will make exceptions to pay non-registered members who have been members of the fund for a continuous period of at least six months before the claim arose and are up to date with their contributions.
Tjizoo said it is important that all companies register their employees with the SCC because the benefits are many.
He further warned companies that will not comply with the regulations, saying they risk being taken to court.
We have now adopted very strict compliance inspections which we are now intensively trying to apply by visiting every employer regularly. If companies do not register their employees, then we will take these companies to court so as to make sure that everyone is covered.
The SSC is urging all employers doing business in Namibia to take advantage of this extension to register their employees in the prescribed manner. At the same time, the commission is appealing to all employees to ascertain their registration and membership as soon as possible to avoid inconveniences after the deadline.