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Civil Servants Want Retirement Age Reduced To 40 Years

Civil Servants Want Retirement Age Reduced To 40 Years

Civil servants in Zimbabweโ€™s second-largest city, Bulawayo, have implored the Government to review the retirement age from 65 years to 40.

Government employees say the falling life expectancy means that most may not reach 65 years and therefore fail to claim their retirement benefits.

Speaking during a public hearing by the Portfolio Committee on Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare last Thursday, a civil servant in Bulawayo said:

As civil servants, we propose that in the Labour Amendment Bill they should reduce the retirement age to 40 years in sync with the depressed life expectancy.

The life we are living is now shortened due to various diseases, we are now even failing to reach 60 years.

He added that most fellow civil servants had died without claiming their retirement package and enjoying their contributions to the Zimbabwe National Social Security Authority (NSSA).

A member of the Zimbabwe Teachersโ€™ Association (ZIMTA) concurred, saying workers are now dying young partly because of the countryโ€™s economic challenges. He said:

A number of challenges, among them different ailments, and economic conditions including loss of jobs and inability by many to secure health insurance, have seen many Zimbabweans arguably dying before reaching retirement.

This scenario has deprived many employees of enjoying their benefits. The law should allow us to at least get our benefits at 40 years, with probably 20 years of service.

In 2022, President Emmerson Mnangagwa approved the age of 65 years as the retirement age for civil servants.

Prior to 2022, regulations that were approved in 2002 provided for two pensionable ages in the civil service.

Under the 2000 regulations, those appointed on pensionable terms of service before 1 May 1992, had a pensionable age of 65 years.

Those appointed on or after 1 May 1992 had a pensionable age of 60 years.

More: The Sunday News

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13 Comments

captain 3ย weeks ago

it's better for the years to be reduced so that even if one is still serving could enjoy his benefits why do prefer or to wait for the person to die should we not supposed to benefit .guys think properly let's enjoy fruit of our sweat


๐™ˆ๐™–๐™ง๐™–๐™ซ๐™–๐™ฏ๐™– 3ย weeks ago

๐™ƒ๐˜ผ๐™•๐™‘๐™„๐™๐™„....๐™ฆ๐™ช๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™– ๐™œ๐™ค๐™ค๐™™ ๐™ฃ๐™ช๐™ข๐™—๐™š๐™ง ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™œ๐™š๐™ฉ ๐™š๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฎ๐™š๐™™ ๐™–๐™ฉ 30 ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™–๐™—๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š. ๐™Ž๐™ค ๐™๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™ข๐™ช๐™˜๐™ ๐™ฌ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ก๐™™ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™–๐™˜๐™˜๐™ช๐™ข๐™ช๐™ก๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™›๐™ง๐™ค๐™ข ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™ฎ๐™š๐™–๐™ง๐™จ ๐™ก๐™š๐™›๐™ฉ? ๐™”๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™ฉ๐™–๐™ ๐™š ๐™– ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ž๐™ง ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ข๐™š ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง๐™จ๐™š๐™จ ๐™จ๐™ค ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐™ฎ๐™š๐™–๐™ง ๐™–๐™œ๐™š ๐™ง๐™š๐™ฆ๐™ช๐™ž๐™ง๐™š๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™™๐™š๐™–๐™ก.


Leee 3ย weeks ago

Zvitori right izvo umwe anotofa asina kusvika 65years saka its bettr munhu azvidyire mari dzake dzekuzobuda afa hadzibude dzese mari zvitori boe pension ngaiite pa40years


๐Ÿšฉ 3ย weeks ago

....๐™ข๐™ช๐™ข๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™›๐™– ๐™š๐™จ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™– ๐™ ๐™ช๐™จ๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ ๐™– ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™ฎ ๐™ฎ๐™š๐™–๐™ง๐™จ ๐™™๐™ฏ๐™–๐™˜๐™๐™ค. ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™Ÿ๐™ช๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™จ๐™–๐™ข๐™š, ๐™๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™š๐™ซ๐™š๐™ง ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™™๐™ค๐™ฃ'๐™ฉ ๐™ก๐™ค๐™จ๐™š ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ฌ๐™๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™™๐™ž๐™š, ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ฉ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™˜๐™๐™ž๐™ก๐™™๐™ง๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ก๐™ก ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™ฉ. ๐™Ž๐™ค ๐™ฌ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™›๐™ช๐™จ๐™จ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™™๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ๐™ฎ?

Bvongie 3ย weeks ago

thats such a bad idea


Tateguru 3ย weeks ago

Kkkkk aha.
40 years ndiwo maYouth ka aya


Observer 3ย weeks ago

Who can live with NSSA's pension payout.


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BOSS VEDAH 3ย weeks ago

55years bhoo


Nono 3ย weeks ago

but why pindula where is the comment section?I can't read comments


Isaac 3ย weeks ago

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ABSA 3ย weeks ago

Ummm 40 not 50 maybe you are right,vamwe tatosvika 40 yacho tiri self employed


Dudula khupela 3ย weeks ago

So one will have to work just for 15 years and then retire. Very interesting neh!


Manikiniki 3ย weeks ago

Not necessarily removed yourself from the job but be able to access your benefits and continue working, but taking note that after retirement wl be working under renewable contract of cos.


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