As an employee working within the public sector of South Africa’s federal government, you will be able to take advantage of a range of benefits:
A major benefit to working for the South African government is their recent implementation of the Government Employee’s Medical Scheme (GEMS) – South Africa’s second largest medical scheme. This innovative scheme provides coverage for 58% of eligible government employees (more than 1.7 million beneficiaries), and includes the availability of medical services in any one of the 11 official South African languages. In addition, it includes more than 12,000 healthcare practitioners in 22,000 locations across the country.
The Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) is South Africa’s largest pension fund, with around 1.2 million active members. If you are working for the South African government and paying the necessary contributions, or formerly worked within this sector, you will be able to take advantage of the benefits offered by the GEPF.
As a member of the GEPF you must pay 7.5% of your salary as a contribution to the fund. Upon retiring (the retirement age in South Africa is 60), pensioners can guarantee that they will receive their monthly pension, amongst other benefits. Upon the death of an individual after retirement, their beneficiaries will receive certain benefits.
If you are an employed female employee working within the South African government, you can apply for maternity benefits when you become pregnant and go on maternity leave. Female employees are entitled to four months maternity leave, which can begin at any time from at least four weeks before the birth of the baby. As a contributer to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), you can claim from the Maternity Benefit Fund.