The Minister of Finance, Mr Enoch Godongwana (MP), has, in terms of Section 30C(1)(b),
read with section 30C(3) of the Pension Funds Act 24 of 1956 (Act), appointed Mr Naheem
Ebrahim Essop as a Deputy Pension Funds Adjudicator. The appointment is for a term of 3
years and is effective from the date of assumption of duty, which is expected to be 1 August
The Office of the Pension Funds Adjudicator (OPFA) was established in terms of the
Pension Funds Act. The OPFA is required to dispose of complaints lodged in terms of
Section 30A(3) of the Act in a procedurally fair, economical, and expeditious manner.
Mr Ebrahim Essop holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree and is an admitted attorney. He
started his career as a candidate attorney in 2004. Thereafter, he practised as an attorney
from 2006 to 2015. He then joined the Financial Services Board (now the Financial Sector
Conduct Authority) as a Specialist Analyst in the Pension Funds Department in 2015, where
he worked until 2020. He is currently a Senior Legal Advisor at the OPFA. Mr Ebrahim Essop
is an alternate member-elected trustee of the Financial Sector Conduct Authority Pension
Fund in which the OPFA participates. He also serves as the OPFA Deputy Information
Officer, registered in terms of the Protection of Personal Information Act.
The Minister would like to congratulate Mr Ebrahim Essop on his appointment to this
important position which is crucial in contributing towards the integrity of financial markets
and institutions, and the fair treatment of customers by retirement funds and all other
stakeholders in the industry.
Issued by Ministry of Finance
Date: 28 July 202