South Africa urges welfare recipients to register biometrics
14 March 2019 15:28 GMT

South Africa's Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) has urged all annuitants such as pensioners, children and spouses that receive a monthly pension benefit from GIPF to visit their nearest GIPF office to register for biometrics. 

Annuitants should ensure they are registered and to verify three times a year during from November to February, the fund said, reported New Era. If annuitants fail to register or verify within the allocated time frame, their pension benefits will be suspended and will only be activated upon registration or verification.

”Verification is the process where the annuitant uses his/her fingerprint to verify his/her identity to confirm that he/she is still alive. This process ensures that the monthly income is paid to the rightful annuitant. All annuitants must be registered and verified to ensure they receive their monthly benefit from GIPF,” said David Nuyoma, Chief Executive Officer of the GIPF.

GIPF uses the biometrics identification system, which identifies a person by comparing fingerprints to information stored on the database. GIPF registers all annuitants who receive a monthly income from the Fund to enable the Fund to identify their existence and ensure they receive benefit payments due to them.