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South Africa’s retirement income system comprises a means-tested public pension and tax-supported voluntary occupational schemes.

The overall index value for the South African system could be increased by:

  • increasing the minimum level of support for the poorest aged individuals
  • increasing the coverage of employees in occupational pension schemes thereby increasing the level of contributions and assets
  •  introducing a minimum level of mandatory contributions into a retirement savings fund
  • increasing the level of preservation of benefits when members withdraw from occupational funds
  • introducing a requirement that part of the retirement benefit from provident fund arrangements must be taken as an income stream (this requirement currently only applies to pension funds and retirement annuities).


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Progressive Results:






2016  48.6 34.0  44.7  77.3
The South African index vaue fell from 53.4 in 2015 to 48.6 in 2016 primarily due to a correction in the level of household savings.
2015 53.4 47.3 43.0 77.7
The South African index value decreased slightly from 54.0 in 2014 to 53.4 in 2015 due to a number of small changes.
2014  54.0  48.3  44.6  76.3
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