The Scheme invites members to join us at our next virtual GEMS DAY, which takes place on TUESDAY, 14 SEPTEMBER 2021 from 09:00 to 11:30. Members will have an opportunity to connect online and engage on key issues relating to their health benefits.
The theme for the GEMS Days series 2021 is ‘Your Health Matters - Be Informed'. This session features an update on Fraud Waste and Abuse in Healthcare; a detailed overview of the GEMS Claims Management Process and helping members understand what happens to their GEMS membership when they go on pension. Members will also have ample opportunity to interact with GEMS representatives, who will be on hand during the session to answer questions.
Members are encouraged not to miss out on this valuable information sharing and member engagement session.
DATE: Tuesday, 14 September 2021
FOCUS: Updates and what’s new for GEMS members
RSVP: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
We look forward to hosting you online.
Dr Phumelela Dhlomo
GEMS Chief Marketing Officer
During the facilitation process on the public service wage negotiations the employer placed a revised offer to the trade unions for consideration by their members. The offer focuses on the bettering of the non-pensionable cash allowance of R978 that was previously offered. The revised offer now secures a minimum cash equivalent of R1000 for all employees across all employment levels.
This adjusted offer equates to level 1 employees receiving an amount equal to a cost of living adjustment of CPI + 7.5%, or a straight 11% increase if equated to the current salary levels. Level 6 employees, for instance, will receive an amount equal to a cost of living adjustment of CPI + 2.1% while level 10 employees will receive an amount equal to CPI (4,2%). The proposed implementation date of the draft agreement is the 01 April 2021.
The draft agreement allows for a “safety clause” that will bind the employer to continue to pay the cash allowance until such time it is amended by agreement between the parties. Therefore, if no agreement is reached by 31 March 2022 on the 2022/2023 salary adjustment the cash allowance will continue to be paid to all employees.
The Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) would like to wish all the matric learners who will be writing their 2020 National Senior Certificate Examinations. The 2020 matric examinations will commence on the 5th of November 2020 and end on the 15th of December 2020.
There is a total of 1 058 699 candidates who have registered to write NSC 2020 Examinations, this is the largest combined number ever registered in South Africa.
This has been an extraordinary year for the Educators, learners and parents as they had to overcome the different challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, closure of schools, changes to the school curriculum & virtual learning. Amid this pandemic, our educators worked tirelessly and went the extra mile to ensure that learners are well prepared for their exams. To all the matric learners, this year you have learned valuable lessons like being resilient and independent.
We call on all the parents and community to support and encourage the learners as they continue in preparation and throughout the examinations.
Best of luck to the Matric Class of 2020
29 October 2020