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Advocacy for Government Pensions

Advocacy for Government Pensions

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To campaign against abusive politicians, supported by Cosatu (Largest Trade Union) and other proxies, who misuse the GEPF (Government Employees Pension Fund), a leading independent pension fund that manages pensions and related benefits on behalf of government employees, pensioners and beneficiaries in South Africa.  The abuse involves unlawfully bailing out bankrupt SOEs (Eskom, SAA to name a few) to service the latter’s debt responsibility.  It is very important to note that the GEPF is not a Government institution, but rather a separate juristic entity.  It was established in May 1996 when the Government Employees Pension Law came into force (Proclamation/Act No.21 of 1996) following the election of South Africa’s first democratic government in April 1994.
The systematic raiding of the fund and misappropriation of funds utilizing loss-making investments in shady companies has now been carrying on for years, and if we do not stop the Government soon as a matter of urgency, the fund will no longer be able to support its beneficiaries, current and future.

The expected impact of the campaign is to PREVENT the ruthless politicians abusing hard-earned private pension money to fund poorly managed SOEs (State Owned Enterprises) of which the most prominent is Eskom, South Africa’s primary Energy and Electricity Supplier.  Many more SOEs could be listed.

The AMAGP, in partnership with other supporting organisations and Trade Unions, ie Fedusa and Public Service Association (PSA), will use these funds to proceed with litigation to prevent the SA Government illegally using private pension funds for debt-relief of neglected SOEs.  A positive outcome will benefit approximately 450,000 pensioners, including beneficiaries, and current 1,3 million contributing members to the GEPF.

AMAGP COVID-19 POLICY

Reference

Government notice: Disaster management Act (Govt Gazette Wed 25 March 2020)...

Government policy

AMAGP management supports the government’s policy pertaining to COVID-19 by emphasizing the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday 23 March 2020. The disaster management’s emergency regulations are in the interest of all South Africans regardless of age or ethnic differences.

Essential services

There is great appreciation amongst all AMAGP members and supporters, personnel in various categories who in difficult times must undertake essential services.

Vulnerable groups 

AMAGP wish to emphasize, that vulnerable groups in society, such as young children and the aged, demand special considerations. However, people already living with weakened immunities, such as TB patients will demand greater care. Regarding care of the aged, the Act on Older Persons (13 of 2006) can serve as an excellent guideline.

AMAGP’s CONTRIBUTION

All AMAGP members and supporters are encouraged to  follow Disaster Management’s regulations; to render spiritual, physical, moral and other assistance wherever possible.

End of document composed by Albert van Driel  (Deputy Chairman AMAGP) 27 March 2020

 

Donations

  • Nov 26, 2020 - USD $ 65.52
  • "Dankie vir die werk wat julle doen. Groete uit Nieu Seeland." - Anonymous

  • Nov 02, 2020 - R 112.00
  • "

    Baie dankie vir julle harde werk om ons pensioen te beveilig.

    " - Daniel Beyneveld

  • Oct 05, 2020 - R 112.00
  • "

    Baie dankie vir julle harde werk om ons pensioen te beveilig.

    " - Daniel Beyneveld

  • Sep 16, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "

    Fight to keep our hard savings for our use as only income after long years of labour.

    " - Catherina

  • Sep 03, 2020 - R 112.00
  • "

    Baie dankie vir julle harde werk om ons pensioen te beveilig.

    " - Daniel Beyneveld

  • Aug 19, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "Dankie vir julle harde werk." - Elsa Liebenberg

  • Aug 18, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "

    Fight to keep our hard savings for our use as only income after long years of labour.

    " - Catherina

  • Aug 13, 2020 - USD $ 20.02
  • "Keep up the good work" - Lukie

  • Aug 05, 2020 - R 112.00
  • "

    Baie dankie vir julle harde werk om ons pensioen te beveilig.

    " - Daniel Beyneveld

  • Aug 02, 2020 - USD $ 88.44
  • "Hi from New Zealand.Thank you and keep up the good work!" - Anonymous

  • Jul 31, 2020 - R 212.00
  • "

    Baie dankie vir die goeie werk wat julle doen

    " - Loraine Victor

  • Jul 20, 2020 - R 512.00
  • "

    Ons moet ons swaar verdiende pensioen beskerm.

    " - Johan Prinsloo

  • Jul 14, 2020 - R 212.00
  • "

    Ek skenk maar praat om Vadersnaam asseblief met Solidariteit!. AMAGP gaan nie die fondse hê om die regering aan te vat nie.

    " - Thinus Fourie

  • Jul 14, 2020 - R 512.00
  • "

    Dankie vir julle hulp. Ons moet saamstaan!

    " - Elna Breedt

  • Jul 14, 2020 - R 520.00
  • "

    May you have huge success

    " - Elfreda Trusler

  • Jul 10, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Help to help yourself" - Nicolas Kriek

  • Jul 10, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "

    Sterkte met wat julle namens ons doen.

    " - David Kinghorn

  • Jul 09, 2020 - USD $ 20.00
  • "Please stop the looting" - Lukie

  • Jul 07, 2020 - R 52.50
  • "Stop the looting of our funds!" - Rita Annandale

  • Jul 06, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Thanks for your efforts!" - Anonymous

  • Jul 06, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Baie dankie vir die goeie werk wat julle doen. Doen so voort. " - Loraine Victor

  • Jul 06, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Donasie namens Gert en Dina Nel" - Albert van Driel

  • Jul 03, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Beskerm ons fonds." - Joyce Strydom

  • Jul 02, 2020 - R 315.00
  • "Tyd is nou om saam te staan. Sterkte aan ons strydrosse." - Schalk Broderick

  • Jul 02, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "

    Thanks for your effort to stop government using our money

    " - Johna Giliomee

  • Jul 01, 2020 - R 112.00
  • "

    Baie dankie vir julle harde werk om ons pensioen te beveilig.

    " - Daniel Beyneveld

  • Jul 01, 2020 - R 312.00
  • "

    Dankie vir julle hulp.

    " - Marie Jordaan

  • Jun 30, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Baie dankie vir jul toewyding aan die fondse" - Mariaan

  • Jun 27, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Please save our pension fund, thank you. " - Butch Burchell

  • Jun 24, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "I HOPE THIS WILL HELP" - CJ NOTHLING

  • Jun 23, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "Thank you " - C. Moneron de Beer

  • Jun 23, 2020 - R 212.00
  • "

    Please protect our fund?

    " - Chris Geldenhuys

  • Jun 22, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Happy to support" - Pierre Dietrichsen

  • Jun 22, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Donasie namens Jan en Marinda Fivaz" - Albert van Driel

  • Jun 22, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Baie dankie AMAGP" - Hugo Coetzee

  • Jun 22, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Baie dankie aan almal wat saamwerk aan hierdie doel." - A P STEMMET

  • Jun 22, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Baie dankie ... ons waardeer opreg." - Johan Barnard

  • Jun 21, 2020 - R 262.50
  • "dankie vir julle harde werk en omvattende inligtingstukke" - daniel nel

  • Jun 19, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Thank you for your endeavours" - HAJ

  • Jun 17, 2020 - R 120.00
  • "

    Baie dankie dat julle vir ons baklei

    " - Lulu Terblanche

  • Jun 15, 2020 - R 800.00
  • "Donation for legal costs." - Ina

  • Jun 15, 2020 - R 112.00
  • "

    I've worked too long and hard to ensure MY future. Eskom and Government must find alternative sources. Thanks for the work you do to protect my future.

    " - RG Hammond

  • Jun 15, 2020 - R 212.00
  • "

    Thank you for all you are doing to protect our pension fund

    " - Henry Beling

  • Jun 15, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "

    Thanks for all your hard work

    " - Ian Gleeson

  • Jun 14, 2020 - USD $ 58.63
  • "Sterkte met jul stryd, Oom Albert." - Swanie & Julie

  • Jun 13, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Asseblief julle moet ons help. Ek is gemediese geraad op 40 en die pensioen is my enigste inkomste. Ek stress my dood. Ek het niemand wat vir my sal sorg nie. " - Shirley Labuschagne

  • Jun 12, 2020 - R 150.00
  • "

    Dankie vir dit wat jul doen om ons belange te beskerm

    " - Hugo vd Merwe

  • Jun 11, 2020 - R 1 000.00
  • "AMAGP is een van die belangrikste struikelblokke in die regering se pad om ons pensioenfonds te stroop. Dankie aan bestuur wat so hard werk om ons pensioene te beskerm.." - Cornelius J van Tonder

  • Jun 10, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Hoop hierdie druppel sal help om ons pensioen te beskerm." - Jakes Jacobs

  • Jun 10, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "No weapon formed against me (us) will prosper" - Urelia Bouwer

  • Jun 10, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "Beskerm asb ons pensioen" - Rozet van Niekerk

  • Jun 10, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "AMAGP gebruik my donasie om ons pensioenfonds te beskerm." - H.E. Strauss

  • Jun 10, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "Ek gee die donasie om geregtigheid te laat geskied" - E.A. Beukes

  • Jun 10, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Dankie vir jul goeie werk,waardeer baie!" - Dirk

  • Jun 10, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "

    Sterkte met wat julle namens ons doen.

    " - David Kinghorn

  • Jun 10, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "

    Dankie vir wat julle vir ons doen.

    " - DB

  • Jun 09, 2020 - R 100.00
  • "Hard gewerk vir 35jaar en sal dit nie weggee nie" - Helena

  • Jun 09, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Dankie en veg voort!" - JCB

  • Jun 09, 2020 - R 262.50
  • "y" - Anonymous

  • Jun 09, 2020 - R 212.00
  • "

    Save our hard earned money

    " - Mike Grace

  • Jun 09, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "

    Please prevent the plundering of the fund - no fund, no income!

    " - Amanda vd Walt

  • Jun 09, 2020 - R 250.00
  • "Dankie vir wat julle doen vir ons pensioenfonds." - Madeleine van Staden

  • Jun 08, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Uit dankbaarheid vir dit wat u namens ons as lede van die GEPF doen." - Evert F. Bakkes

  • Jun 08, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Thanks for what you are doing for us Pensioners." - Gideon Pieter van Dyk

  • Jun 08, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "In support of actions to protect our pension fund." - Willie Willemse

  • Jun 08, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Thank You for fighting for us." - Giynne Wastie

  • Jun 08, 2020 - R 150.00
  • "For the support of AMAGP to fight our protection of our pension money " - Daniel van Brakel

  • Jun 08, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Take the ANC to the cleanersa" - Dewet Oosthuizen

  • Jun 08, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "As ek my geld waarvoor ek so hard gewerk het, wil mors, sal ek dit SELF doen!" - Mari Brink

  • Jun 05, 2020 - USD $ 100.63
  • "Thank you for all the hard work and dedication. You are the only ones holding back the plunderers from the GEPF." - Anonymous from New Zealand

  • Jun 05, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "

    Thanks for your effort to stop government using our money

    " - Johna Giliomee

  • Jun 05, 2020 - R 212.00
  • "

    I worked too hard to give away my pension.

    " - Salome Marais

  • Jun 04, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Pension Fund member and concerned about our future and involvement. " - Sampie v Zyl

  • Jun 04, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Hierdie saak moet julle asb met hand en tand beveg!!" - Petrus Venter

  • Jun 04, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "

    For protection of pensioners and future pensioners

    " - Nompumelelo

  • Jun 04, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "May AMAGP goes big and win the battle " - Pieter Erasmus

  • Jun 03, 2020 - R 200.00
  • "Protect Lives. Protect the GEPF" - NJ Robinson

  • Jun 03, 2020 - R 525.00
  • "Appeal to everybody to donate" - E. M. Hochapfel

  • Jun 03, 2020 - R 500.00
  • "

    Happy to contribute towards a worthy cause - sustainability of the GEPF

    " - Andre Blignaut

  • Jun 02, 2020 - R 262.50
  • "Trust each and every Rand help to protect the pension of hard earned honest South Africans " - Juan Blignaut

  • Jun 02, 2020 - R 315.00
  • "To fight the plundering of our GEPF pension fund." - Albert van Driel

  • Jun 02, 2020 - R 210.00
  • "Donation" - M Cilliers

  • Jun 02, 2020 - R 36.75
  • "May this help to prevent another Transnet-like disaster" - M Malan

  • Jun 02, 2020 - R 105.00
  • "Save our pension fund." - As Kleynhans

  • Jun 02, 2020 - R 315.00
  • "Thank You for all your efforts to date" - Gerard Assink

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Association for Monitoring and Advocacy of Government Pensions

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Introduction

The Board of Trustees’ performance in protecting the Government Employees’ Pension Fund (GEPF) members’ interests has left much to be desired.

Pensioners, employed members and beneficiaries were dissatisfied with their support when dealing with the GEPF.

Initially, The GEPF Monitor Group was founded by a number of voluntary pensioners.

As there was a requirement for an organisation to be a judicial person when dealing with these issues, the Association for Monitoring and Advocacy of Government Pensions (AMAGP) was established to address this need.

This document attempts to summarise the purpose and expectations of AMAGP.

AMAGP Core Values

AMAGP holds the following values for our conduct:

  • We play the ball and not the man. Our aim is the preservation of our pension fund, not winning arguments.
  • Factual. Our reputation depends on the trustworthiness of our statements.
  • Respect for institutions and individuals.

AMAGP holds the following values for our fund and members’ benefits:

  • All GEPF members receive their legitimate benefits.
  • The GEPF fund remains sustainable.
  • Vision

    Government pensioners derive the best possible benefits from their pension fund.

    Mission

    AMAGP ensures that the GEPF manages the pensioners’ assets/benefits diligently, effectively and efficiently in the best interests of the fund members while ensuring that the fund is sustainable.

    Objectives

    • The fund’s growth supports the improvement of rightful benefits while ensuring its long-term sustainability.
    • Annual pension increases significantly exceed inflation.

    Approach

    GEPF sustainability. AMAGP influences the pension fund’s sustainability as follows:

    • We hold the Board of Trustees (BoT) accountable to fulfil their fiduciary duties diligently.
    • Monitor the investments for performance and ethical conduct.
    • Utilise official government institutions with investigations to rectify wrongdoings.
    • Cooperate with parliamentary functionaries and processes to advance AMAGP objectives.
    • Use the media to sensitise the public and to expose alleged abuse and corrupt activities.
    • Mobilise civil society to support the rule of law in ensuring the sound management of the GEPF.

    AMAGP membership

    If you are a government official, pensioner or a beneficiary as a widow/widower, you will benefit by joining AMAGP to preserve our pension fund.