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Government Employees Pension Law, 1996

Schedule 1 : Rules of the Government Employees Pension Fund

14. Benefits payable to members

14.9 Funeral benefits


14.9.1 In the case of:
(i) a member; or
(ii) a pensioner, whose pension either:
(aa) commenced on or after 1 December 2002; or
(bb) commenced prior to 1 December 2002 and who is still alive at 1 April 2012:

the funeral benefits payable upon the death on or after 1 October 2017  of such member or pensioner and/or his or her spouse and/or eligible children and/or stillborn, as defined, are as follows:

(a) in the case of the member or pensioner, a payment of R15 000;
(b) in the case of a spouse, a payment of R15 000;
(c) in the case of an eligible child, a payment of R6 000 per child;
(d) in the case of a stillborn a payment of R6 000 per stillborn:

Provided that any termination of pregnancy as determined in the Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Act, Act 92 of 1996, as amended, or any termination of pregnancy that is self-inflicted is specifically excluded.

[Rule 14.9.1 substituted by rule 2 of Notice 775 of 2017]


14.9.2 The benefits payable in terms of rule 14.9.1 are payable irrespective of the order in which deaths occur so that funeral benefits will be paid in respect of the spouse and each eligible child even after the death of the member.


[Rule 14.9 inserted by Notice No. 1073 of 8 August 2003]