Hazel obtained her LLB degree from the University of Pretoria in 2018 and was awarded the Dell Young Leaders Scholarship. Hazel comes from the small town of Barberton in Mpumalanga. She worked as a Radio Presenter at Tuksfm and enjoys reading and music and aspired to study law from the young age of 12 years old. Hazel is currently working in the Family Law Department at the Cape Town office.

Thought of the Week | GEPF system and divorce: New rules when making payment to ex-spouse

Historically, Government Employee Pension Fund (GEPF) members were subjected to a “debt model” when they implemented a divorce settlement that made provision for a payment to a former spouse from the Fund. Essentially it was structured in such a way that the pension fund withdrawal was treated as a debt owing to the Fund by the member, which had to be paid back.

However, on 1 August 2019, new rules came into operation, removing this “debt approach”. Now, after payment is made to the former spouse, the member’s years of pensionable service shall be reduced to take into account the pension interest that was assigned to any former spouse of the member. This will ensure that there is no debt owing to the fund by the member.

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