The National Social Security Authority’s (NSSA) has revealed that at least 18 800 pensioners stand to lose their monthly pensions if they fail to register under NSSA’s new biometric system by end of today(Saturday). The new system was introduced after NSSA increased payouts from $60 to $80.
NSSA marketing and communications executive Mr Tendai Mutseyekwa yesterday said:
As at 4 pm today (yesterday), 148 849 pensioners had registered under the biometric system. The current exercise, which began in November 2016, closes tomorrow (today), as communicated via various media platforms. At the time of compilation of these statistics, 18 880 pensioners, from a total of 167 729 pensioners on our payroll, were still to register. As has been consistently advised through the media, pensioners who fail to register by the cut-off date will have their payouts suspended from October. Payments will only be reinstated after they have registered under the biometric system.
It replaces life certificates that were being used. Biometric registration is only done once, unlike life certificates that had to be renewed annually. We started the biometric registration exercise in November last year and employed various strategies to encourage pensioners to register under the new system. Among these were countrywide road shows that were conducted in collaboration with traditional leaders during the first quarter of 2017. Our teams were deployed to some of the remotest parts of Zimbabwe, as well as strategic centres, such as growth points, to ensure that everyone was accorded a fair chance to register.