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Pension Funds Act, No. 24 of 1956

Long title


To provide for the registration, incorporation regulation and dissolution of pension funds and for matters incidental thereto.

Table of contents

SECTION TITLE
CHAPTER I. ADMINISTRATION AND APPLICATION OF ACT AND INTERPRETATION OF TERMS
1.
Definitions
1A.
Relationship between Act and Financial Sector Regulation Act [...inserted by Act 2017_009_290_20170822 Sch4]
1B.
Regulatory instruments [...inserted by Act 2017_009_290_20170822 Sch4]
2. Application of Act
3. ... [...repealed by Act 2017_009_290_20170822 Sch4 - was entitled "Registrar and Deputy Registrar of Pension Funds"]
3A. ... [...inserted by Act 1988_051_004] [...repealed by Act 1990_097_029]
3B. ... [...inserted by Act 1991_054_002] [...repealed by Act 2013_045_004]
CHAPTER II. REGISTRATION AND INCORPORATION
4. Registration of pension funds
4A. Registration of pension funds to which State contributes financially [...inserted by Act 1991_119_002]
4B. Effect of registration of pension fund referred to in section 4A [...inserted by Act 1991_119_002]
4C. Transfer to pension fund referred to in section 4A of its assets held by another [...inserted by Act 1991_119_002] 
5. Effect of registration of pension fund
6. Allocation of assets and liabilities between pension fund organization and other associated business
CHAPTER III. MANNER OF ADMINISTRATION AND POWERS OF REGISTERED FUNDS
7. Registered office 
7A. Board of fund [...inserted by Act 1996_022_002] 
7B.. Exemptions [...inserted by Act 1996_022_002]
7C. Objects of board [...inserted by Act 1996_022_002]
7D. Duties of board [...inserted by Act 1996_022_002]
7E. Application of certain sections [...inserted by Act 1996_022_002]
7F. Liability of board member [...inserted by Act 2013_045_011]
8. Principal officer and deputy principal officer [...Title amended by Act 2013_045_012 - was entitled "..."] 
9. Appointment of auditor
9A. Appointment of a valuator [...inserted by Act 2013_045_014]
9B. Protection of disclosures [...inserted by Act 2013_045_015]
10. Business which may be carried on
11. Rules [...Title amended by ... - was entitled "Requirements for rules"] 
12. Amendment of rules
13. Binding force of rules
13A. Payment of contributions and certain benefits to pension funds [...inserted by Act 1984_086_015]
13B. Restrictions on administration of pension funds [...inserted by Act 1992_083_020] 
14. Amalgamation and transfers
14A. Minimum benefits [...inserted by Act 2001_039_003]
14B. Determination of member's individual account, minimum individual reserve nd minimum pension increase [...inserted by Act 2001_039_003]
CHAPTER IV. DOCUMENTS TO BE DEPOSITED WITH REGISTRAR
15. Account
15A. Rights to use of actuarial surplus [...inserted by Act 2001_039_004]
15B. Apportionment of existing surplus [...inserted by Act 2001_039_004]
15C. Apportionment of future surplus [...inserted by Act 2001_039_004]
15D. Utilisation of surplus for benefit of members [...inserted by Act 2001_039_004]
15E. Utilisation of surplus for benefit of employer [...inserted by Act 2001_039_004]
15F. Existing employer reserve accounts [...inserted by Act 2001_039_004]
15G. Right to share in surplus accounts on exit [...inserted by Act 2001_039_004]
15H. Use of contents of any surplus accounts to fund deficits [...inserted by Act 2001_039_004]
15I. Application of surplus accounts on liquidation of fund [...inserted by Act 2001_039_004]
15J. Use of employer surplus to prevent job losses [...inserted by Act 2001_039_004]
15K. Specialist tribunal [...inserted by Act 2001_039_004]
16. Investigations by a valuator
17. ... [... repealed by Act 2013_045_030]
18. Fund not in a sound financial condition
18A. Business rescue [...inserted by Act 2013_045_032]
19. Investments
20. Requirements in regard to documents to be deposited with registrar
21. Registrar may require additional particulars in case of certain applications and returns
22. Inspection of documents
23. Effect of registrar's certificate on documents
CHAPTER V. ENQUIRIES BY REGISTRAR, APPLICATIONS TO COURT, CANCELLATION OR SUSPENSION OF REGISTRATION AND DISSOLUTION OF FUNDS
24. Enquiries
25. ... [...repealed by Act 2017_009_290_20170822 Sch4 - was entitled "Inspections and on-site visits"]
26. Registrar may intervene in management of fund
27. Cancellation or suspension of registration
28. Voluntary dissolution of fund
28A. Remuneration of liquidator [...inserted by Act 1997_094_004]
29. Winding-up by the court
29A. Winding-up of unregistered pension fund [...inserted by Act 2013_045_040]
30. Special provisions relating to liquidation of funds
CHAPTER VA. CONSIDERATION AND ADJUDICATION OF COMPLAINTS
30AA. Ombud scheme [...inserted by Act 2017_009_290_20170822 Sch4]
30A. Submission and consideration of complaints [...inserted by Act 1996_022_003]
30B. Establishment of Office of Pension Funds Adjudicator [...inserted by Act 1996_022_003]
30C. Appointment of Adjudicator [...inserted by Act 1996_022_003]
30D. Main object of Adjudicator [...inserted by Act 1996_022_003]
30E. Disposal of complaints [...inserted by Act 1996_022_003]
30F. Opportunity to comment [...inserted by Act 1996_022_003]
30G. Parties to complaint [...inserted by Act 1996_022_003]
30H. Jurisdiction and prescription [...inserted by Act 1996_022_003]
30I. Time limit for lodging of complaints [...inserted by Act 1996_022_003]
30J. Procedure for conducting investigation [...inserted by Act 1996_022_003]
30K. Legal representation [...inserted by Act 1996_022_003]
30L. Record of proceedings [...inserted by Act 1996_022_003]
30M. Statement by Adjudicator regarding determination [...inserted by Act 1996_022_003]
30N. Interest on amount awarded [...inserted by Act 1996_022_003]
30O. Enforceability of determination [...inserted by Act 1996_022_003]
30P. Access to court [...inserted by Act 1996_022_003]
30Q. Powers of Adjudicator [...inserted by Act 1996_022_003]
30R. Funds of Adjudicator [...inserted by Act 1996_022_003]
30S. Remuneration and terms and conditions of employment of Adjudicator and employees [...inserted by Act 1996_022_003]
30T. Accountability [...inserted by Act 1996_022_003]
30U. Report of Adjudicator [...inserted by Act 1996_022_003]
30V. Offences and penalties [...inserted by Act 1996_022_003]
30W. ...  [...inserted by Act 1996_022_003]  [...repealed by Act 2008_022_012 - was entitled "..."]
30X. Liquidation [...inserted by Act 1996_022_003]
30Y. Adjudicator proceedings [...inserted by Act 1996_022_003]
CHAPTER VI. GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS
31. Carrying on business of unregistered pension fund organization and use of designation "pension fund"
32. Registrar may require unregistered funds to furnish information
32A. Power of registrar in respect of communications  [...inserted by Act 1986_050_012]
33. ... [...repealed by Act 2017_009_290_20170822 Sch4 - was entitled "Registrar may extend certain periods"]
33A. ... [...inserted by Act 2007_011_024] [...repealed by Act 2017_009_290_20170822 Sch4 - was entitled "Directives"]
34. ... [...repealed by Act 2017_009_290_20170822 Sch4 - was entitled "Annual report by registrar"]
35. Right to obtain copies of or to inspect certain documents
36. Regulations
37. Penalties  [...Title amended by Act 2013_045_049 - was entitled "..."]
37A. Pension benefits not reducible, transferable to executable [...inserted by Act 1976_101_024_19760723]
37B. Disposition of pension benefits upon insolvency [...inserted by Act 1976_101_024_19760723]
37C. Disposition of pension benefits upon death of member [...inserted by Act 1976_101_024_19760723]
37D. Fund may make certain deductions from pension benefits [...inserted by Act 1977_094_014]
38. Exemption from Act 57 of 1988
39. ... [...repealed by Act 1998_052_073 - was entitled "..."]
40. Act in certain respects, and certain rules, binding on State
40A. Delegation and assignment [...inserted by Act 2007_011_029]
40B. Retrospectivity [...inserted by Act 2007_011_029]
40C. Scrutiny of Regulations [...inserted by Act 2007_011_029]
41. Short title and Commencement date
 
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