PUBLIC Service minister Prisca Mupfumira has revealed that the number of people who died in work-related accidents went down from 98 in 2014 to 54 last year.
by VENERANDA LANGA
Delivering her ministerial statement in Parliament last Wednesday on the state of the National Social Security Authority (NSSA), Mupfumira said 5 380 workplace injuries were recorded in 2015 with 54 deaths.
“While this was a marked decrease to the 2014 levels of 5 491 injuries and 98 deaths, the ratio per registered workplace remains unacceptably high,” she said.
“My ministry is working on various legislative measures to empower NSSA to oversee the safety of our workplaces.”
Mupfumira said Zimbabwe had 1 387 registered elevators as at December 2015, with 707 currently out of service.
“NSSA carried out 1 357 inspections of elevators and found out that only 521 or 38% of the country’s elevators comply with safety standards,” she said.
“Three major elevator accidents were reported in 2015 and two lives were lost. The condition of the country’s elevators has deteriorated over the years. This is linked to the difficult economic environment and poor rental yields currently prevailing in the property sector.”
Mupfumira said NSSA experienced a 7% decline in contributions in 2015 compared to the previous year, reflecting the difficult economic environment and the massive job cuts that occurred last year following a July 17 Supreme Court ruling allowing employers to terminate workers’ contracts at short notice.
“NSSA has a total of 26 205 registered employers and from these employers 1 252 144 workers are contributing to NSSA pensions.
“NSSA lost 14 000 contributions through various retrenchments and company closures. NSSA is owed $266 million by various employers as at December 2015,” she said.
Mupfumira claimed NSSA pension pay-outs of $60 per month were comparable to countries like Namibia ($66), Ghana ($53) and Tanzania ($30).
“In 2015 a total of $107,8 million was paid to NSSA members for various benefits with retirement pension and survivor’s pensions accounting for $53,4 million and $46,4 million respectively. A bonus of $6 million was also paid to members in December 2015,” she said.
With a balance sheet of $1,3 billion, Mupfumira said NSSA investments were composed of $292 million in real estate,
$164 million in shares in listed and non-listed companies, $102,5 million invested in banks and $90,4 million invested in prescribed assets.
The investments generated total income of $23,5 million, being interest income of $10,5 million, rental income of $7 million and dividends of $6 million.
NSSA expenses were said to be higher than generated income, with total costs at $47,3 million against generated total investment income of $23,5 million as at December 2014. Staff costs accounted for $22 million.