GEPF TRUSTEES ELECTIONS – FORCE MEMBER RESULTS 17/04/2018

STATISTICAL REPORT 

TOTAL ELIGIBLE VOTERS 68 447 

(SANDF) 65 116 

(SSA) 3331 Total Stamped Ballots (Votes Cast @ 10%) 7535 

Total Number of Valid Votes (Candidate Distribution) 6057 

Total Number of Invalid Votes (Captured on System) 1478 

NO. CANDIDATE CATEGORY SEX POSITION 

1 COETZER, COL. WILHEN JOHAN PIETER SANDF Male TRUSTEE 

2 MAQHUBELA CPL., WELCOME THOBILE SANDF Male SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE

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GEPF TRUSTEES ELECTIONS PENSIONER MEMBER RESULTS – 17/04/2018

STATISTICAL REPORT 

TOTAL NUMBER OF ELIGIBLE VOTERS 418 296 

TOTAL VOTES CAST @ 6% 24 889 

(Total Ballots Received (Stamp Numbers)) 24 086 

(Total On-Line Votes (System)) 803 

TOTAL NUMBER OF VALID VOTES 16 822 

*TOTAL NUMBER OF INVALID VOTES 8067 

*Above includes Duplicates, Spoilt Ballots, Counterfoils without Ballots & Ballots without Counterfoil slips 

NO. CANDIDATES SEX POSITION 

1 LE ROUX, DR FRANS FRANCOIS Male TRUSTEE 

2 DE WIT, MAJ. GEN. ANDRIES LOURENS Male SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE
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Minister of Finance appoints new GEPF Board

The Minister of Finance, Mr Nhlanhla Nene yesterday convened the first sitting of the new Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) Board of Trustees following the end of tenure of the previous Board. 

The new Board elected Dr Renosi Mokate as Chairperson and Mr Edward Kekana as Vice Chairperson. Both Trustees have been re-appointed to the GEPF Board. 

The Board of Trustees comprises of 16 members, eight nominated by employer and the other eight nominated by employees. The names of the new Board of Trustees is as follows: 

Employer Representative Trustees 

Department – Name 

National Treasury – Mr Stadi Mngomezulu (Re-appointed) 

Department of Defence – Maj Gen Mulungisa Sitshongaye 

State Security Agency – Ms Jennita Kandailal 

Department of Basic Education – Dr Morgen Pillay (Re-appointed) 

DPSA – Mr Thabo Mokwena 

SAPS – Lt Gen Lineo Ntshiea 

Specialist – Dr Renosi Mokate (Re-appointed) 

Specialist – Mr Themba Gamedze (Re-appointed) 

Employee Representative Trustees 

Department – Name 

NEHAWU – Ms Kgomotso Makhupola (Re–appointed) 

SADTU – Mr Edward Kekana (Re-appointed) 

NATU – Mr Alan Thompson 

PSA – Mr Pierre Snyman (Re-appointed) 

DENOSA – Mr Sibonelo Cele 

POPCRU – Adv Makhubalo Ndaba (Re-appointed) 

Uniformed Services – Col Johan Coetzer (Re-appointed) 

Pensioner – Dr Frans le Roux (Re-appointed) 

The GEPF Chairperson Dr Renosi Mokate welcomed trustees to the GEPF Board and wished them well in their term of office. She thanked the previous Board with whom she had worked with and congratulated them on their achievements over the last four years. GEPF Principal Executive Officer (PEO) Abel Sithole said, “The staff of the GEPF and I welcome the new Trustees to their positions and look forward to their contribution and guidance in the services of members, pensioners and beneficiaries”.

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IRP5 NOTICE

Dear GEPF Pensioner/Beneficiary 

The Government Pensions Administration Agency (GPAA) has been made aware that some pensioners/beneficiaries may have not yet received their IRP5 certificate. The delay is attributable to a backlog at the South African Post Office that was caused by the recent workers strike. The South African Post Office have assured us that they are dealing with the matter. We trust that you will receive your IRP5 in due course. 

If you wish to receive your IRP5 via email or send a query, please contact us on Tax@gpaa.gov.za.or 0800 117 669 

We also wish to take this opportunity to encourage our pensioners and beneficiaries to update their personal details (email, postal address and cellphone numbers) so that all correspondence can reach the correct recipients.

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GEPF INVESTMENT BELIEFS

The investment beliefs adopted by the Board of Trustees in March 2017 are stated below: 

2.1. The GEPF’s investment strategy considers the Fund’s risk profile, assets and liabilities. Risk is considered at the asset class, portfolio, and investment levels. 

2.2. Taking well-considered risks is necessary to earn the returns required to meet the Fund’s pension obligations, provided that appropriate risk management processes are followed. 

2.3. The Fund’s strategic asset allocation is the key determinant of portfolio risk and return, and it may be implemented through a combination of active and passive management. 

2.4. The GEPF integrates Environmental, Social and Governance factors into its investment policies as they are material to the long-term sustainability of the Fund. 

2.5. The Fund’s investments should play a developmental role in the South African and broader African economy, and investment decisions may reflect wider stakeholder views. 

2.6. The Fund’s reputation must be supported by robust and rational investment decisions, executed by appropriately skilled and competent investment professionals. 

2.7. Minimising the costs of investing is vital for long term investment success, and management fees should promote an alignment of interests between the Fund and its managers. 

2.8. The Fund’s trustees, administrators and investment managers are accountable for their decisions, and must perform their duties to the highest professional ethical standards. 

2.9. The Fund’s trustees commit to high standards of openness, transparency and appropriate disclosure in line with best practice standards.

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Statement by the Government Employees Pension Fund

The Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) is extremely perturbed by the latest announcement by the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) that it has suspended its Executive Head of Listed Investments, Mr Fidelis Madavo and the Assistant Portfolio Manager, Mr Victor Seanie, following a preliminary investigation report that reflects the flouting of governance and approval processes with respect to the Ayo Technology Solution transaction. 

Of serious concern to the GEPF is that the PIC had assured the GEPF on numerous occasions and in correspondence that correct governance processes were followed with respect to the Ayo Technology Solutions transaction. The GEPF views this as a serious breach of trust. 

The PIC invested in Ayo Technology Solution as part of the listed portfolio mandate. Thus at the time of its listing, the investment in Ayo fell outside of the unlisted investment portfolio within which there are set governance processes and there are limits set for the PIC to engage the GEPF. 

Although the total unlisted investments portfolio comprises less than 5% of the total assets of the Fund, it represents a significant amount of funds. These are funds that the GEPF invests into, contribute to the real economy of the country and to drive transformation but still aiming to realise it main objective of maximising returns. When the actions of officials bring this intention into question, it undermines the objective to invest in the real economy of the country and may lead to a review that may deprive the economy of greatly needed investment. 

Despite the apparent failures on this and other investments, the overall performance of the PIC as an asset manager remains positive and in line with agreed criteria. Nonetheless, the GEPF continues to heighten its monitoring and oversight. 

The GEPF requests of the PIC Board to urgently finalise its investigations of alleged impropriety with respect to the Ayo transaction and others and take appropriate action where it is warranted. END/

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Board Letter to GEPF Members and Pensioner About

31 January 2019 

Dear Members / Pensioners 

As many of you are aware, the Public Investment Corporation Inquiry established by President Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, to probe allegations of impropriety at the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has begun. 

The Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) supports the establishment of the inquiry as we believe it will result in a stronger and more effective Public Investment Corporation. In this regard, the GEPF has written to the PIC Inquiry indicating its willingness to cooperate fully with the inquiry. 

We have also noted with concern the recent suspensions of senior PIC employees as well as the instituting of a forensic investigation by the Board of the PIC into allegations of impropriety against certain directors of the Board. The GEPF views such matters in a very serious light and as such, we have written to the PIC raising our concerns with respect to these matters, including the alleged governance failures at the PIC. 

It is understandable that the revelations at the inquiry and the alleged governance failures are as much a concern to you, our members and pensioners, as it is to us at the GEPF. 

I would like to assure you that the GEPF is in a very sound financial situation and that such issues will not have an impact on your pensions and benefits. Despite the indications of apparent failures and or circumvention of processes with regard to a number of investments, the overall performance of the PIC as an asset manager remains positive and in line with agreed criteria. Nonetheless, the GEPF continues to heighten its monitoring and oversight. The board and management of the GEPF takes its fiduciary duties very seriously and is committed to ensuring that our fund continues to grow. 

Yours sincerely, Abel Sithole Principal Executive Officer GEPF

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Government Employees Pension Fund pensioners will receive..

Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) announced today that an annual pension increase of 5.2% to its pensioners with effect from 1 April 2019. 

The GEPF has granted this increase to enable pensioners to keep up with rises in inflation. 

The pension increase is based on the 5.2% inflation rate for the 12 months ending 30 November 2018 released by Statistics South Africa on 12 December 2018 thus making the increase equal to 100% of Consumer Price Index (CPI) and higher than the 75% of Consumer Price Index (CPI) provided in terms of GEP Law and Rules. 

Pensioners whose pensions commenced after 1 April 2018 will receive a proportionate increase based on the number of months they have been in receipt of a pension by 31 March 2019. 

It must be noted that increases such as this increase which is above what is provided for in GEP Law and Rules is granted at the discretion of the Board taking the Fund’s investment performance into account. 

An analysis of the assets held by the Fund in relation to the valuation of its liabilities undertaken in March 2018 showed that the Fund is 108.3% funded, which means that there are sufficient assets in the fund to cover its actuarial liabilities in full. 

This funding level as been achieved despite, amongst others, the: 

• increase in the number of pensioners 

• pension increases 

• increase in resignation pay-outs 

• increase in funeral benefits from R7 500 to R15 000 upon death of a member, pensioner or spouse as well as the funeral benefit increasing from R 3 000 to R 6 000 for eligible children 

• the introduction of the Child Pension which replaced the Orphan’s Pension. 

Benefit improvements over the years together with investment performance, salary and pension increases result in changes in both the minimum and long term funding level. 

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GEPF change rules regarding pension debt on divorce

Following the gazetting of the Government Employees Pension Law Amendment Bill on 23rd May 2019, the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) will, once the amended rules are implemented, no longer subject a member to a debt model in executing a divorce settlement. Instead the new amendment provides for the reduction of pensionable service of the GEPF member that is equal to the value of the divorce settlement amount paid. 

This amendment to the law removes the pension debt that accrued to the GEPF member when a portion of their pension was paid out by the GEPF as a divorce settlement. This pension debt calculation created the perception that members could find themselves owing money to the GEPF when they retired. 

The amendment now ensures that rather than creating a debt, there will be an adjustment to the member’s pensionable service following the payment of a divorce settlement by the GEPF. This means that the benefit that will be paid to the member upon retirement will now be decreased by reducing the members’ years of pensionable service to take into account the pension interest of the member that was given to the spouse upon divorce. 

Therefore, members will receive their full benefit after the reduced pensionable service has been affected. Members who have more than ten years of pensionable service will still be entitled to a lump sum and a monthly pension upon existing the fund, however at a reduced value. Following this law change, the GEPF is currently developing and gazetting rules that will govern the implementation. It is expected that this process will be finalised in July 2019 and the implementation of the new rules will come into effect as of the 01st August 2019. 

Parallel to the process above, the GEPF will be writing to all affected GEPF members in July 2019 to inform them about how these changes are going to affect their pensions and service period and allow them the opportunity to opt from the old divorce debt model into the service reduction model. The affected members will have up until the 22nd May 2020 to indicate their choice of either remaining with the debt and interest model or move to the service adjustment model approach. Currently affected members who fail to indicate their choice by 22 May 2020 will automatically be converted into the new approach. Post 22 May 2020 all members who have a legal divorce claim against their pension will be subjected to the service reduction model. 

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