4 000 EC ex-miners finally strike gold: Dispatch locates beneficiaries of unclaimed benefits

    Four thousand Eastern Cape ex-miners or their families today stand a chance to claim their share of R40-billion worth of benefits that was left unclaimed for decades.

    All 4000 names are published in this edition on pages 13 to 21. This could provide a significant financial boost to their struggling families and the province.

    Thousands of ex-miners recruited through TEBA many years ago, have struggled to access their retirement funds because of bureaucracy and hurdles within the system.

    TEBA claims it has struggled for years to locate most of the beneficiaries – but it took the Saturday Dispatch only three days of travelling around the province to contact at least 15 ex-miners or their families.

    Most of the beneficiaries and their families contacted by the paper were not aware they had money and could access the funds from the multinational mining companies they have worked for over the years.

    A large number of mineworkers from South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique and Malawi died after contracting disease in the mines.

    Some of the ex-mine workers who spoke with the Dispatch, accused TEBA of complicating the system, making it difficult for them to claim monies owed to them.

    But TEBA said they were doing their best to trace those owed money by the mining companies.

    TEBA said they have already paid R300-million on different projects in rural “labour sending” communities ranging from pension and provident fund monies to occupational lung disease benefits.

    An amount of R240-million was paid to individual beneficiaries under the Medical Bureau for Occupational Diseases (MBOD) and R60-million through mineworkers’ provident funds, such as the Mines 1970 Preservation Fund, Anglo Group Provident Fund, MPF Sibanye and others (see sidebar).

    From Willowvale, Matatiele, Mount Fetcher, Komani to Adelaide, scores of ex-miners are sitting destitute at home with no money to support their families.

    One is 89-year-old Gilapho Mavuso of Willowvale who has struggled for years to access his money through TEBA.

    “For the many years that I worked in the mines, I am still holding on to the hope that my money will be paid out one day. I am hoping this will happen while I am still alive so my children can be able to bury me with dignity.”

    TEBA’s Eastern Cape manager Samuel Moeletsi said the company and its industry partners were making significant strides towards resolving the issue of unclaimed benefits.

    “In recent times, we have been at the forefront of projects which have released more than R300-million into rural ‘labour sending’ communities.

    “In addition to this, TEBA continues to support the payment of individuals who were injured on duty,” said Moeletsi.

    The Dispatch has also discovered that some of the 4000 ex-mineworkers listed to get money from TEBA, have died while others are living in abject poverty.

    This week, the Dispatch team spent three days travelling more than 2000km from Matatiele to Adelaide, King William’s Town and other surrounding towns searching for miners on the list.

    TEBA said it was using other media platforms to trace the miners but none of those who spoke to Dispatch, were aware of this as they did not have access to radio or television.

    “We are doing roadshows with a view to meet beneficiaries without radios face-to-face so we can clarify claim requirements and related stuff,” said Moeletsi.

    Another beneficiary, 73-year-old Lungile Qhanqa of Mcewula village in Whittlesea, is one of the 4000 of an estimated 180000 ex-miners who are still to claim their monies.

    When Qhanqa met with the Dispatch team at his modest rural home, he could not hide his joy.

    “This is great news brought by strangers into my house. I was ready to die but I am asking for more years to enjoy the money from TEBA,” he jokingly said as he was welcoming the Dispatch team into his house.

    Qhanqa left the mines in the ’90s and accepted what was given to him as his retirement package.

    “I always had that hope that there’s money that will come to me but after almost 30 years with no word from TEBA, I gave up,” he said.

    Moeletsi said the challenge they were facing was the illegal tracing agencies, who were taking money from the poor ex-miners. — bonganif@dispatch.co.za

    65 COMMENTS

    1. I have a father who also didn’t get anything from Teba,can I get the list of people who are to get their none please. My email address is yolandamzinyati@gmail.com, or if you can check for me,its Malusi Wiseman Mzinyati he is from Idutywa.thank you in advance

      • Please can help me by giving me more details, my father who is no more worked in the mines for many years , how can I get more information, my email :paulinah.lebaka&fnb.co.za so that I can give you more detail about my father. Nomhle

    2. Is it possible to access the pages online who have ex-miners name’s as I am outside the country. Your response will be highly appreciated, thank you.

    3. Comment:Koliswa
      My father was an ex miner who did not receive his pensions ,he was working at Anglo Gold Platinum Restenburg ,his Sadina Nongudlu,please my email :koliswanongudlu@koliswanongudlu@gmail.com

    4. I’ve been calling Teba since 2014 and they lied and denied that my late father was working at the mines saying they can’t locate his name. Good for those who can get the money years later

    5. You can use the unclaimed benefits search engine on the FSB website https://www.fsb.co.za/Departments/retirementFund/searches/Pages/disclaimer.aspx. The information on it is not complete, however, so if your name does not come up, you can ask the FSB to help you to claim the benefit you think is due to you:
      Email enquiry with an ID number to: Pensions.UBmemberID@FSB.co.za
      Email enquiry for general queries to: Pensions.UBQuery@FSB.co.za
      Toll-free numbers: 080 011 0443 or 080 020 2087
      Fax number: 086 578 1183

    6. Can you please send me the list of the people have to claim I didn’t manage to get the news paper am from Mthatha. Here is my email:mkholiswashimora1@gmail.com
      THANK YOU

    7. Ooh please if you can check my father on the list his name is Mlimi Spectar Ningiza,but I think they spell the surname wrong as Mingiza.My mother is claiming for him,because he past away 2005,im the daughter yaah

    8. To the entire Dispatch team, Bongani Fuzile in particular, South Africans are great full to you. This piece of investigation will change other people’s lives. Thank you also for making it available on PDF, I have downloaded it already. I don’t know, maybe you can help, Lady Frere doesn’t appear on the list yet thousands and thousands of families from that area were employed through that TEBA Agency until the 90’s. There is also another Agency which was known as “”VEZAMAFA”, more or less to TEBA but I think they were competing for the same labour force. Please look at it good people. I beg!

    9. Hi as a Family we would like to know if the Name of the late Mr Mzwamadoda Enerst Gogela does it appear of the
      4000 ex- miners list? as the family we have been struggling with claiming for my father’s Pay-outs it became a
      exhausting exercise to be send from pillar to post. My e-mail:Mahle.Gogela@airports.co.za

    10. Comment:I’m Siviwe Alexandra Koos from Sterkstroom,My Grand parent is Tutu Koos, Who’s an ex-miner.We have tried to search for his unclaimed money with TEBA for years,but nothing came to hand as hope… Hoping that our efforts will receive TEBA’s consideration… Please help it’s been decades

    11. hi my fathers name is Themba John Tshudi he was also an ex miner who died in 1994 without receiving an pension.please contact my brother at 0839425608

    12. Hi my name is Pheletso Methola. Sterkspruit under eastern cape ex miners are not appearing in the list,my father was working at secunda sasol mines and many others. his name Samuel Matiwane Methola

    13. Hi my name is Khaya my father he was working at klecsdorp Vaal reefs mine his name is Thembekile bolilitye my number is 0788226196 please can you check for me

    14. i Sipho Dumse worked for 9 years at Impala platinum left 1986 when ther was a big strike nothing was paid for our pension . Mzilikazi never helped me

    15. Hello name is Nonceba Portia Mkontwana can you please check for me my later father Chwayitile Wiseman Mkontwana he was an ex mine worker in Welkom and I would like to send me more details on 072 840 7707 my email portiamellisa@gmail.com

      Thanks in Advance

    16. Hello I’m Nonceba Portia Mkontwana I would like you to check my late father Chwayitile Wiseman Mkontwana he was working in Welkom mines to send me more information on 072 840 7707 my email portiamellisa@gmail.com

      Thanks in Advance

    17. Worked for Rustenburg Platinum Mines form 1989 to 1991. Vaal Reefs from 1984 to 20189

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