Ex-miners cry foul over failure to get Teba pension funds

Some ex-miners who worked in South African mines some 30 years ago are reacting with shock and disbelief that the South African government has left them out in the much awaited Teba pension money.

We want our benefits : Ex-Teba miners in Karonga

“I am in shock, I am very angry. I feel frustrated, I cannot believe this, there is some corruption in this,” said Mzimba based Oswald Nyirenda.

He said he has proof he was on contributory pension scheme and cannot understand why the South African government has left him out, opting to pay only 12 ex-miners, out of the 5, 000 who filled forms to get
the forms.

Morton Singini from Rumphi said there should be a thorough investigation of the whole issue, describing the whole process as a sham.

“We worked very hard in South African mines, we were on contributory pension scheme, they are just tricking us so that they should get the money instead,” said the worried Singini.

He said his family and him have been devastated since hearing the news in the local media.

Minister of Labour and Manpower Development Francis Kasaila said only 12 ex-miners who worked in South African mines nearly 30 years ago under Teba will finally get their pension money.

Kasaila said the 12 names have come after a rigorous screening, saying the South African Financial Services Board, which looks after unclaimed funds, wanted only those ex-miners who were on contributory pension scheme.

He said there are 53, 000 ex-miners in the country, out of which 13, 000 were told to fill forms to access the pension money but only 5, 000 filled the forms.

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We have got Professor Dalwood Mzikenge Chirwa here at University Of Cape Town. Why can’t the concerned people humbly engage with him to try & just find the truth about this issue? I believe that he can definitely help to find un biased truth. Rather than keep on pointing fingers at each other, cos we have been hearing these stories for a long time. Even some alleging that the Muluzi administration got that money but didn’t reach the hands of the rightful beneficiaries so we need the truth so that people can have closure.

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This is yet another proof that the government doesn’t care at all for its vulnerable population. I have it from credible source with evidence that all ex-miners from Lesotho and other surrounding countries have received their pension benefits (some with interest accrued). How come Malawi couldn’t get it right. We can only assume that the ministry responsible is either lazy and uncaring or just incompetent. It is this same attitude that is showing in the darkness Malawi is plunged into…..18 hours of power blackouts!

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