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Season’s Greetings and Important Updates from the National Bargaining Council

As we draw to the close of another year, it is pleasing to note that the industry has continued to stabilise after the onslaught of COVID-19. The Council and staff wish to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy, healthy, and safe festive season and a prosperous 2023 for all!

Council Office Festive Season Closings

The Council’s Offices will close at 12h00 on Friday, 23 December 2022 and will re-open on Tuesday, 3 January 2023. Should you need to communicate with the Council during this period, please kindly email:

EOHCB Membership Fees 2023

The Council has received notice of the EOHCB Membership Fees for 2023 (See below and attached).

The EOHCB Membership Fees will increase with effect from 1 January 2023 and may be accessed via the Council’s website. (For those of you receiving your Returns and the Chronicle via email, you can click below.

2023 Annexure C EOHCB Fees including Legal Owner221129
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1. All other areas: R600.00

2. Legal Owners: R225.00

3. Telephonic Only Members: R280.00


Reminder: Exemption Applications

This is an important reminder that:

Exemptions are valid for only one calendar year. Each year, an application for exemption must be submitted for all employees.

Exemptions for the 2023 calendar year will be heard until the 28 February 2023. If no application is received, pension invoices will be raised. It important to apply as soon as possible.

Council Offices - Johannesburg: Telephones

The Council offices in Johannesburg have once again been left without telephony services due to cable theft. A new system is in the process of being installed and should be up and running from the third week of January. In the meantime, the Johannesburg Council office will be provided with an interim number which will be posted on the website as soon as it is received. Please kindly continue to make contact via email. The email addresses of the Council staff in Johannesburg are on the Council’s website -

HBSI Pension Fund Benefit Statements & Contact Details

It appears that there are a number of HBSI Pension Fund members who have not provided to, or updated their contact details with the Fund, and as a result will not receive their benefit statements. Please will you kindly inform your employees to log onto the Verso website.

Please consult the Council’s WEBSITE for the contact details of Agents in your area.

For more information, contact:


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