PENSIONERS CRY FOUL OVER LOW PENSION PAYOUTS
Written by yafmnews on June 17, 2019
The Ministry of Mines and Mining Development says it has come up with sound value addition policies for each mineral to obtain high rewards from the mining entities.
Mines and Mining Development Minister, Winston Chitando said the policies will work on improving the value of the country’s minerals.
Value addition of minerals before export is one of the four key pillars of Zimbabwe’s goal to create value, employment and accelerate industrial development from its largely unexploited mineral resources.
In the first quarter of 2019 Shurugwi based Platinum miner, Unki commissioned a US $62 million 8.5 megawatt Smelter in-line with government’s January 2015 value addition legislation.
Government has purchased equipment for five government hospitals and the equipment
will soon be delivered to ease challenges in the country’s health sector.
In an interview President Emerson Mnangagwa explained that the equipment was sourced
and purchased in India after realizing that it is was more expensive in Western countries.
Earlier in the week the Ministry of Health and Child Care revealed plans to decentralize cancer screening as it targets three million women for cervical cancer screening by 2020.
Equipment challenges have haunted Zimbabwe’s health sector and the situation has recently been worsened by foreign currency challenges bedeviling the country.
In Other News… National Social Security Authority (NSSA), pensioners are crying fowl over low pension pay outs and delays in the disbursement of the benefits. In separate interviews Pensioners said they are travelling from distant places only to get RTGS $30, which gets used up paying for bus fares.
They added that they paid their pension contributions in US dollars and they want their pension funds in the same currency.
Last week NSSA announced PENSIONERS might have to wait a bit longer before they receive their monthly pay outs, which were due on the 13th of June, citing challenges caused by the provider of the payment platform used by banks who is now demanding foreign currency.