Schedule of Rulings
1. Credit management - pensioner and cash payers (Pay and Claim Status)
28 July 1994
17 September 2009
2. Indemnified conditions in existing employees joining
20 August 1991
3. Medicines supplied by pharmacists
The maximum cost of medicine supplied to a member or dependant member is stated on Annexure “B”
Annexure B – Item E
24 February 1998
(with effect 1 May
8 March 2000
5 March 2002
4 December 1999
21 June 2007
25 June 2008
4. Bad debts
2 September 1997
16 September 2008
3 December 2009
9 December 2010
6 December 2012
5 December 2013
4 December 2014
31 March 2016
8 December 2016
7 December 2017
5. Member trustees' election - 2019/20
The Board of Trustees (BoT) shall appoint an Election Officer provided by the internal auditors. The control over nomination forms and the printing, numbering, distribution, receiving and counting of ballot papers shall be at the discretion of the Election Officer.
All principal members are eligible for nomination. Nomination forms will be distributed to all members by 18 October 2019. The closing date for the submission of completed original nomination forms to the Election Officer will be 15 November 2019.
5.3 Election Principles and Ballot Process
All principal members shall receive a ballot paper and may vote for a maximum of four candidates. Ballot papers listing all the nominees together with their curriculum vitae’s will be distributed to all principal members by no later than 31 January 2020. Original ballot papers must be returned to the Election Officer by no later than 30 April 2020 in the pre-addressed envelope provided.
Those candidates receiving the highest number of votes shall be duly elected as Trustees following certification by the election Officer that the election has been procedurally free and fair. In the event of a tie in the final number of votes cast, lots shall be drawn by the Principal Officer in the presence of the Election Officer to determine the final successful candidate. The candidate receiving the next highest number of votes shall automatically replace an elected Trustee, who does not complete his or her 5-year term of office, as provided for in the Rules of the Society.
Only principal members registered with the Society on 13 December 2019 will constitute the voters roll and be eligible to vote in the ensuing election.
5.4 Company Appointed Trustees
The Employer will by no later than 30 April 2020 advise the Principal Officer in writing who the Company appointed Trustees who will be to serve a five-year term of office commencing on 21 May 2020 as per Rule 18.2 and 18.3.
5.5 Annual General Meeting
The Election Officer shall announce the results of the election of the member nominated candidates and the names of the appointed Company Trustees, who will all serve a five-year term of office, at the 2020 Annual General Meeting to be held on 20 May 2020. The retiring trustees shall remain in office until the end of the AGM and the newly elected Trustees will take up office on the day after the AGM.
27 March 2019
6. Chronic medicine
However, a maximum of two month’s supply of chronic medication couriered by Dischem Direct may be provided and claimed at one time. Where a beneficiary is travelling out of the country permission may be obtained from the Society to exceed and claim for the supply of chronic medication by any designated service provider to a maximum of 4 month’s supply. This is provided that supporting travel documentation is supplied to the Society confirming the period of travel.
It was reported that this was consistent with the Council’s model Rule 8.4. The explanatory memorandum to the model rules stated: “A ‘condition-specific waiting period’ may also be imposed on benefits for pregnancy and confinements.”
8. Late joiner penalties
9. Dependant eligibility criteria
- The dependant should not have a regular monthly income of more than twice the latest published minimum monthly wage of a Shop Assistant in the Retail Industry Area A as published by the Department of Labour (2023/24 – R4 956.52); and
- Be able to demonstrate that the dependant is reliant on monetary assistance provided by the member to the dependant to meet reasonable day-to-day living expenses; and /or
- Be able to demonstrate that the member assists in providing accommodation for the dependant.
The necessary forms to determine the above, as provided by the Society, are to be completed by the member and the dependant to collate the above information for an eligibility decision to be taken by the Benefits Co-ordinator. This information must be submitted annually, except in the case of mentally or physically disabled dependants who have provided the Society with proof of permanency of their condition. In the event that the application is declined, the member may appeal to the Principal Officer. Management is authorised to update the above value automatically in the future, when the Department of Labour publishes the minimum monthly wage of a Shop Assistant in the Retail Industry Area A in Sectoral Determination 9: Wholesale and Retail Sector.
19 September 2012
5 December 2013
4 December 2014
31 March 2016
30 March 2017
The information on this website is subject to the registered Rules of the Society. The rules of the Society will apply in all cases should there be any dispute, doubt or misunderstanding arising from the information on this website. The full set of the Society’s rules can be viewed at the registered office of the Fund: 84 Dutoitspan Road, Kimberley, 8301 or a copy can be obtained from your HR department.
Nothing on this website should be construed as providing advice to members and therefore the Society/Trustees will accept no liability for any decisions made by members in this regard.