HARARE – Government has moved to gazette the National Social Security Authority (Nssa)’s new and upgraded funeral cover for pensioners.
Labour minister Prisca Mupfumira made the notice in a government gazette published on Friday under Statutory Instrument 46 of 2017.
“A retired pensioner shall be entitled to a funeral enhancement benefit upon his or her death through a funeral service provider appointed by the Authority,” the gazette reads.
Where a retired pensioner receives funeral services from a different funeral service provider upon his or her death, cash in lieu of services shall be payable to the person who, in the opinion of the general manager, will meet or has met the costs of the funeral service provider, the gazette further said.
Nssa chairperson Robin Vela on Thursday said the pension fund is currently paying a funeral grant of $300 but “we believe that pensioners deserve a more decent burial than can be afforded under the current scheme.”
The upgraded funeral cover is expected to cushion most struggling pensioners who are
failing to feed their families while many cannot take their children through school, due to low pension pay-outs.
Some have lost properties due to lack of money to service debts.
Vela also said plans were at an advanced stage to introduce the National Health Insurance Scheme.
“The majority of workers have no medical insurance and demands on health service pensioners increases as they grow older,” he said.
“It is therefore commendable that government has agreed to launch the National Health
Insurance Scheme in Zimbabwe and processes are in place to implement it.”