In a bid to easily access its 30 000 pensioners mostly in Namibia’s remote areas, the Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) today launched a ‘Pension on Wheels’ mobile van.
According to board chairperson Advocate Ellaine Samson, the N$700 000 state of the art van will serve as an experiment for the handling of all enquiries pertaining to claims, rules of the fund, benefit and income statements as well as biometric verification and registration services for members.
GIPF is the largest pension fund in Namibia, with an active membership of about 94 000 spread across eight of Namibia’s fourteen regional capitals namely in, Gobabis, Ondangwa, Oshakati, Otjiwarongo, Rundu, Katima Mulilo, Keetmanshoop and Swakopmund.
“Many members and beneficiaries have to travel long distances for services at these offices.
The van will, therefore, serve all areas where the fund does not have any representation, while the GIPF will continue to make assessments of additional office requirements in other regions,” she said.