Omaheke Region is one of the most sparsely populated regions in the country. As a result, people find it difficult to reach or access GIPF services timeously.
So that the Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) decided to embark on an initiative of taking member education to this eastern region of Namibia.
The region, well-known for being an agricultural hub and passionately referred to as the ‘cattle country’, has several government departments, and state-owned enterprise services are spread throughout the region.
“In order to ensure that the GIPF renders state-of-the-art services to its members, the Fund launched its first-ever 4×4 mobile truck during the month of February this year. The truck, passionately branded as ‘Pension on Wheels’, offers services such as printing of benefit and income statements.
“Our experienced client service consultants on duty are also able to attend to queries regarding claims, outstanding admissions, tracing of beneficiaries, and the provision of retirement advice, to mention a few,” says GIPF’s manager for marketing Mr Amos Kambonde.
Constituencies of the Omaheke Region earmarked to be visited are Otjinene, Eiseb, Gam, Epukiro, Otjombinde and Aminuis.
“Our main target is reaching members who are in very remote areas of the region and who find it difficult to visit or access our services. Therefore, the GIPF team will be visiting schools, clinics, veterinary services, government ministries and police stations in the region,” Kambonde states.
GIPF is a pension Fund that provides guaranteed pension benefits to its membership base. As a government pension fund, GIPF has the mandate to make sure that its members are knowledgeable about their benefits and how the Fund operates.
“We encourage all the GIPF members in the Region to be on the lookout for our mobile team, who will be offering interactive information sessions between the 11th to the 20th October 2021. Members seeking specific updates related to their benefits are always encouraged to bring their identity documents as well as their latest pay slips to the sessions.”
In the photo: GIPF’s manager for marketing services Mr Amos Kambonde.