Medical aid benefits for spouses of media pensioners at Tiso Blackstar Group will be eliminated from next January, chief executive Andrew Bonamour has ordered. The shock development has enraged retired journalists at Blackstar publications, which include Sunday Times, Business Day, Sowetan and Financial Mail.
And that’s not all. At present, when pensioners die their spouses take over as principal members, and continue to receive the company’s medical aid subsidy. But under Bonamour’s new policy, after January 1 surviving partners and any other dependants will lose the subsidy and be scrubbed from the books.