MIPF is a self-administered Defined Contribution pension fund that was set up in 1952 to provide retirement income for employees in the mining industry upon attainment of prescribed retirement ages. The Fund was set up following a collective bargaining agreement between representatives of employers and those of employees in the mining industry.
MIPF is administered by a Board of Trustees appointed by the National Employment Council (NEC) for the mining industry. The Board of Trustees is made up of employee and employer representatives. However, the day to day administration of the Fund is the responsibility of the Principal Officer who is appointed by the Board.
The purpose of the Fund is to provide retirement income to members when they retire. This is because, in retirement, a former employee will not be in a position to receive regular income as before. It is therefore important that money is set aside for the employee during his/her working life for his/her benefit upon retiring, and hence MIPF serves this purpose.
It is a statutory requirement for every employer whose operations are classified as mining, incidental to mining or provides some services to the mining industry, to join the Fund. It is therefore a condition of service for all employees of such an employer that are aged below the normal retirement age of sixty (60) years to subscribe to the Fund.
You are required to contribute a minimum of 7.5% of your monthly basicsalary. However, there is a provision for you to make Additional Voluntary Contributions (AVC). You are allowed an additional voluntary contribution of up to 7.5%, which means the total contributions made to the Fund should not exceed 15% of your monthly basic salary.
Your employer’s obligation is to contribute a minimum of 7.5% of your monthly basic salary. Although there is also a provision for Additional Voluntary Contributions by your employer as part of the terms and conditions of your employment, there is no limit for such additional voluntary contributions and the employer is not required to match the employee’s Additional Voluntary Contributions.
It is in your best interest to take advantage of the Additional Voluntary Contributions in order to earn a better pension during retirement. In the event that your financial circumstances change, you may adjust your contributions to the minimum contribution rate of 7.5%.
You will receive an annual Benefit Statement showing your personal and financial details maintained in the Fund’s records. Your financial details consist of details such as the contributions that you and your employer made into the Fund, contributory service into the Fund, and accumulated interest. If your employer is not up to date with payment of pension contributions to the Fund, the outstanding contributions will also be shown on your Benefit Statement. Your personal details reflected on the Statement include details such as your name, gender, national identification number and date of birth.These should always be checked for accuracy. If you notice that any of these details on the Benefit Statement are incorrect, please advise the Fund immediately so that the information is corrected.
When communicating with the Fund, you should always quote your Member Number or Record of Service Number (R/S No.) reflected on your Benefit Statement, for ease of reference.
When you leave employment after reaching the prescribed early retirement age of fifty-five (55)years, regardless of your length of contributory service, you qualify to go on early retirement. In terms of the Fund Rules, you also qualify to go on early retirement if you withdraw from the Fund and you are between the ages of fifty (50) and fifty-four (54)years, and have contributed for at least fifteen (15) years.
When you attain the age of sixty (60)years, you qualify for the normal retirement. You can however opt to defer your retirement for a further period of not more than five (5) years, that is, up to the age of sixty-five (65)years.
On retirement, you will receive a monthly pension guaranteed for either five (5) or ten (10) years depending on your choice, and thereafter, for life.
As part of options available for retiring members, you may opt to receive a third (1/3) of your total pension accumulation payable as a lump-sum, subject to tax depending on your age. The remaining two thirds of your pension will be paid as a monthly pension guaranteed for either five (5) or ten (10) years, and thereafter for life. There is a tax relief for members who retire at the age of fifty-six (56) yearsor more. Pension Benefits for Members who retire below the age of fifty-six (56)years are still subject to tax.
You can also opt for a Joint and Survivorship Pension option which guarantees a pension for life to your chosen beneficiary after you die.
Upon leaving employment you must visit your Employer’s Human Resources Office and complete a Claim Form (Form BN1). Please note that the Claim Form should be submitted to the Fund together with a copy of your National Identification Document (National ID Card, Valid Passport or Driver’s License), and your last payslip showing year-to-date figuresto facilitate processing of your pension benefit. On the Claim Form, you must provide your bank account details. If you do not already have a bank account, you will be required to open one to facilitate payment of your pension benefit which will be deposited by the Fund into your bank account on a monthly basis.
In the event that your former employer is no longer in existence/ operational, you can contact the Fund for assistance.
The laws of Zimbabwe allow for the remittance of pension benefits to pensioners who emigrate (non-resident pensioners). Please note that remittance of pension benefits to non-resident pensioners is subject to exchange control approvals and availability of foreign currency. Pensioners who are emigrating should advise the Fund before they do so.
If the chosen five (5) or ten (10) years guaranteed period has not yet expired at the point of death, your beneficiaries will receive a monthly pension up to the end of the chosen guaranteed period. If the guaranteed period has expired, then your pension will cease on your death. However, if at your point of retirement,you opt for a Joint and Survivorship Pension option, in the event of your death, your pension will be paid for the lifetime of your chosen beneficiary. In the event that your chosen beneficiary dies first, the pension will be paid to you for as long as you live.
Beneficiaries of deceased pensioners who died on or after 1 July 2010 are also entitled to an Additional Death Benefit (ADB) which is a funeral assistance paid by the Fund on death of a member or pensioner.
If you have qualified to go on early or normal retirement at the time of your death, your spouse will be entitled to a monthly pension guaranteed for five (5) years and thereafter for life.However, if you have more than one spouse, your pension will be apportioned to each spouse and paid as a once off lump sum.
If you have not yet qualified to go on early or normal retirement at the time of your death, your spouse, children or other beneficiaries will receive a lump sum pension benefit equivalent to the sum of your contributions and the employer’s plus interest. In addition, a funeral assistance (Additional Death Benefit) will be paid to the surviving spouse or beneficiaries to assist with funeral expenses.
The Pension and Provident Funds Regulations provide that death benefits should be paid in the following order:
Estate of the late member.
There are different scenarios for payment of pension benefits to beneficiaries of a member who dies out of service before claiming his/ her pension benefits:
If your death occurs when you are already on pension, payment of your pension to your beneficiaries will depend on the option that you chose when you retired. In addition, your beneficiaries will receive an Additional Death Benefit to assist with funeral expenses.
There are a number of options to take if you leave service due to dismissal or resignation:
The options are the same as for a member who leaves service.
If you are retrenched and have already attained the retirement age, you qualify to go on retirement and receive a monthly pension depending on the amount which you would have contributed. If you have not yet qualified to go on retirement, you will receive a retrenchment benefit made up of your own contributions and those of your employer, plus accumulated interest. The interest is recommended by the Actuary from time to time, based on the performance of the Fund’s investments assets.
If you leave employment due to ill-health and you have already attained the retirement age, you qualify to receive a monthly pension depending on the amount which you would have contributed. If you have not yet qualified to go on retirement, you will receive an ill-health once off lump sum benefit made up of your own contributions and those of the employer, plus accumulated interest. The interest is recommended by the Actuary from time to time, based on the performance of the Fund’s investments assets.