SSC launches uniforms for compliance officers

17 Jun 2013 11:50
OSHAKATI, 17 JUN (NAMPA) - Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Social Security Commission (SSC), David Keendjele has called on the commission?s compliance officers to lay charges against non-compliant employers.
Keendjele made the call at the official commissioning of the SSC?s uniform for its compliance officers at Oshakati in the Oshana Region on Friday.
Compliance officers are tasked with ensuring that employers comply with the requirements of the Social Security Act, such as registering their employees with the SSC and paying their contributions to the commission regularly.
He wants compliance officers to lay charges against non-compliant employers to ensure that the commission fulfils its vision to be a world-class provider of social security benefits to its members and other beneficiaries.
Keendjele also urged the compliance officers to ensure that they visit employers continuously, are accessible and visible, and resolve members? complaints professionally and efficiently to ensure that beneficiaries receive their benefits without delay.
The SSC compliance officers, he said, are all issued with unique identification which they must show to employers when doing inspections.
?The clothing handed to you today is a step in the direction to show employers that we are serious about compliance. The official wear handed to you today serves to ensure that compliance officers are easily identifiable to the public and that you present a professional face to the public,? he noted.
According to the acting SSC CEO, the official wear and easy identification of compliance officers will bring to an end the potential risk of individuals who impersonate the commission?s compliance officers to collect money from SSC clients.
The uniforms are to be worn by all compliance officers while they are on duty.
Keendjele noted that the biggest instance of non-compliance by employers is their failure to register their employees with the commission, which results in employees not being able to claim in the event of maternity leave and sickness, death, retirement, as well as occupational injuries.
The acting SSC CEO however also pointed out that this year, the commission?s compliance division has laid several criminal charges against non-compliant employers for failing to register employees and/or pay their contributions in terms of the Social Security Act (Act 34 of 1994).
The Social Security Act and the Employees? Compensation Act (Act 30 of 1941) prescribe penalties ranging from N.dollars 8 000 and/or a period of imprisonment of up to 12 months for non-compliant employers.
The commissioning of the corporate wear coincided with the official re-launching of the SSC?s revised website on Friday.
The revised website is interactive and offers the clients the opportunity to register their businesses and employers, the termination of services of employees, view active employees on their profiles and general information about the SSC.
The commissioning of the corporate wear and re-launch of the revised website took place at SSC House situated in Oshakati East.