Here is a list of former EC mine workers who are eligible for pensions

The story of Eastern Cape mine workers is that of broken families, shattered dreams and ruined lives. Young men were recruited in their thousands to work in the mines in Johannesburg.

Many left with a hope that they would earn a lot of money and be able to improve the lot of their families back home. Instead most of them came back in coffins while thousands were sent home to die – having developed silicosis and other related ailments due to unsafe working conditions.

Many died waiting for their pensions, while others simply gave up hope. The irony is that they wrecked their bodies digging for gold and other minerals for decades only to come back penniless. Such is the story of exploitation in the mining industry.

R40 billion in pensions lies unclaimed in various pension funds. This money belongs to over 180 000 former mine workers and their families/beneficiaries. Of this number, the Eastern Cape accounts for about 70%.

All along the various schemes have claimed that they are unable to trace the beneficiaries of these pensions.

So over the past few months our two man team – investigative journalist Bongani Fuzile and photo journalist Michael Pinyana – has travelled across the province trying to piece together and document the stories of these miners.

Last week Teba – the agency/broker who recruited thousands of these miners – gave us a list of some of these “untraceable” ex-miners. We spent a couple of days and travelled over hundreds of kms and we found no less than 15 of these beneficiaries. This proves that if the funds were serious about locating them they would have done so a long time ago.

Today we re- publish the list of 4000 beneficiaries and the pension funds they belonged to. This is not the entire list of all beneficiaries and we will publish more names when we receive them.

Pensioners 1

Pensioners 2

Pensioners 3

Pensioners 4

Pensioners 5

Pensioners 6

Pensioners 7

Pensioners 8

Pensioners 9





  1. My name is Xoliswa Mzuzu last born to the late Mkile Mzuzu he died last year 19 May he was also working in mine at Hlobane and he also didnt receive any thing he even went at Teba in kokstad he waited but nothing happen I just want to know where can my mom go if she want to claim but my mom is old but I have older brothers I just want to know who must we talk to regarding the claim thanx Xoliswa Mzuzu

  2. You guys are doing a Great job. I haven’t gone through the list but i know there will be people from my family/area who will benefit.

  3. My name is Angela Benayo a daughter to the late Keyisi Benayo who was also working at the mine.. He died in 1992 September..

  4. My name is Phunyezwa Bakuba lastborn to Umkhwenyana Bakuba he died in 30 June 2010…he was working in Hormoney mine and he didn’t get anything i just want help

  5. My father was working on the Durban rodepoort department , I can’t find him on the list .his name is Lonkie Stephen MATOMELA.

  6. My name is Bomkazi Mhlongo at Flagstaff town in Eastern Cape at Ingquza Hill local Municipality. I had non one working in mines but this information will help my organization called Flagstaff Paralegal Advice Centre to help ex_mine workers to access the information and follow up on their claim

  7. My name is Koliswa Nohashe my father was working at mine but I don’t see his name on list
    I want to know if his name appears in your list his name is Mziwamadoda Holden Nohashe.

  8. Comment:
    Iam Siphenathi Mmelwa a son to late Andile Mmelwa he was working at Steyn 4 in Welkom he died in 2010 me and my brother we didn’t get our benefit my father’s number is w0559365 as from 2013 calling and needed to send ACB statements but nothing came but told that the money is there we need help please

  9. My Name is Nkosixolile Ngxazozo who must I contact if I want to inquire about my Fathers claim he was also a mine worker his name is Zingisile Johannes Ngxazozo

  10. My name is Asanda I’ve been checking on the list of exmine workers but I can’t find my fathers name.His name was Zilindile Dyantyi he was working at Teba Mine.We still have all the documents of the Teba Mine.His ID no is 5307015690088.My contact no is 0785196441 I thank you.

  11. where can my father go and check if he is on the list mhe
    was working for anglo American in grootvlei for 15 years J
    ackson tototyi loliwe

  12. my husband name was Mzwandile Phillip Mkhambi from Bizana, born in 1955
    he worked at President Steyn mine in welkom free state from 1981 till 1988. I cant see his name

  13. Hi,I’m Mzwabantu Dolomba;my father was Lwayiphi Dolomba I’m waiting for his money and also looking for his space,what to do to get his space in his mines.please i really need your help on this my number is:0605237666 oh please

  14. I would like to know,is been a year waiting for my fathers money,,everything was compeleted and when we call johannesburg they say they have our papers,but still there is no money,i need some explanation me at 0730946828 please

  15. Hello my father sas working in the mines for the past 31 years & he left the mine 6 years ago because he had TB do hevnt received his TB money & he did everything to get his money but he failed please help us out his name is Ntomboncedo Mvubu his daughter & my contacts are 0622885043

  16. Im a daughter of Dumezweni alex boy Bhaza/Baza he was working at Western holding mine in 1970s he’s from ladyfrere he didn’t get his pension fund and he’s late now pls help

  17. Hi my name is tumi. My father also worked at the mine for more than 20years but got nothing for his pension funds .info on where to go or contact numbers of whom to call. All documents available. My numbers 0736410144

  18. To whom my concern dear sir/madam
    my name is Mkhuseli Matywatywa,my father use to work at mines his name Milton Buyisile Matywatywa can you check no 0734636029.

  19. Plz check Zebonele mane for me plz he was wrking at Platinum rusternburg until today he never found his money its my grandfather from 2006 utntill knwo they said they will call him

  20. My name is thulile mthethwa can you pls help me to find my dad he was working at khuthala mine in 1990s my father’s name is Bernard Makhubalo.

  21. Comment:Hi, I’m Ntomboxolo! My father was working in kloof gold mines westornaria, he was retrenched in 1998, his name is Sinyakumbana Zwelonke, he didn’t get any money till now, he’s staying in eastern cape please help,my number is0630596237

  22. Comment:Hi, can you please check my father’s money, he was retrenched on1998 in kloof gold mines his name is Sinyakumbana Zwelonke please my number is 0630596237