How does the Guardians Fund operate?

Questions:

1.   Could you please explain the various circumstances in which an inheritance would end up in the Guardians Fund.

2.  What is the rand value of unclaimed benefits held in the Guardians Fund – is this information presented in an annual report – and if so who should I contact for the latest statistics?

3. What are the steps someone should follow if they suspect an inheritance / bequest intended for them ended up in the Guardian’s fund?

Answer:

According to the South African Government Information website, www.info.gov.za/faq/wills.htm, the Guardians Fund falls under the administration of the Master of the High Court. It goes on to state that it is a Fund created to hold and administer funds that are paid to the Master of the High Court on behalf of various persons known or unknown (for example minors, persons incapable of managing their own affairs, unborn heirs, missing or absent persons or persons having an interest in the monies of a usufructuary , fiduciary or fidei-commissiary nature).

In practice, the most common form of inheritances ending up in the Guardians Fund, are as follows:

·         Inheritances due to the minor heirs to an estate. This frequently happens when the Will does not stipulate the funds are to be retained in Trust for the benefit of the minor, or where there is no Will and a minor inherits under the Intestate Succession Act, 81 of 1987.

·         Inheritances due to major heirs who cannot be traced. Whilst Executors should do all they can to trace the heirs, and at times even appoint tracing agents, there are times when an heir, whose contact details are not known to the family simply can’t be found.
The total rand value of unclaimed funds in the Guardians Fund is not published and would include those matters where an heir has been determined and identified but has not yet achieved the age on which the benefits are payable, as well as those funds received and held for unidentified minor and major heirs. Guardians of minor heirs with funds in the Guardians Fund can of course make application to the Guardians Fund, during the heir’s minority to obtain funds for specific purposes such as education, clothing, medical and other motivated needs.

If a person suspects that there are funds due to them from an inheritance /bequest, the first step would be to contact the Executor and ask if they inherited from the estate. When making payments to the Guardians Fund, Executors are provided with receipts for the payment and such receipt can be handed by the Executor to the person seeking benefits, to take to the relevant Master of The High Court’s Office.

If the Executor confirms that there are funds deposited with the Guardians Fund, then the claimant can claim the funds together with any accrued interest on turning 18 (attaining the age of majority). There are some other instances when a minor may attain majority earlier than 18 such as getting married or being declared a major by the High Court. However, in some instances the Will may state a later date than 18 when the funds become claimable from the Guardians Fund. When applying for the funds, such application needs to be on the stipulated Form J 251 and a certified copy of the applicant’s identity document /passport needs to be attached to the application.
The Master of the High Court also advertises those accounts that have been unclaimed, annually in the Government Gazette. The last Government Gazette carrying such information being Volume 531, dated 30th September 2009 No: 32586. (See example of the actual Gazette attached).

There are numerous businesses purporting to act as tracing agents on these matters. Care should be taken when appointing such agents on the costs associated with tracing funds.
After a lapse of 30 years from the date of the funds becoming claimable, the money becomes forfeited to the State. It is of course preferable for the funds to be claimed as this allows the funds to wash into the economy directly.

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84 Responses to How does the Guardians Fund operate?

  1. Becky October 12, 2010 at 1:50 pm #

    I would also like to ask as to how long does it take for your monies to be payed up from the guardians funds.

  2. Errol T Van Renen November 4, 2010 at 2:24 pm #

    How do I search for funds from a Policy in a deceased estate that may be in the Guardians Fund

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    Aaron November 5, 2010 at 5:51 am #

    If you know which Masters office the estate was registered at, you would need to approach that office of the Master of the High Court to ascertain if funds are held in the Guardians Fund. You would need the name of the estate, and if possible, the estate reference number. Each Master’s office has a Guardians Funds section.

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    Aaron November 5, 2010 at 5:54 am #

    Your email refers. It is impossible to give an accurate turnaround time with regard to the paying of funds from the Guardians Fund to the beneficiary. All forms need to be completed and submitted to the relevant office of the Master of the High Court, and dependant on a number of factors. the process could be completed in a short period of time, alternatively, the process could drag on for reasons unknown to the writer. Should a matter have been refered to the Guardians fund, and no response received within a reasonable period of time, one could refer the matter to the office of the Acting Chief Master for his intervention.

  5. Becky November 18, 2010 at 4:43 pm #

    I did apply for the funds and hopefully my documents were captured and sent to home affairs for verification and returned positive some few weeks back. But i have not received any cent from there.

    Just want to know if it takes time for them to pay up.

  6. Derry December 28, 2010 at 12:36 pm #

    Can you please advise me as to why there is 5% levied on the Guardian Funds before it is paid over?

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    Aaron December 30, 2010 at 6:40 am #

    I refered this matter to an Assistant Master at the Master of the High Court, and was advised that a 5% levy is only charged to creditors who are applying for funds from the Guardian’s Fund if the deceased was insolvent, and there were claims against the estate.

    In all other circumstances, no levy should be imposed on funds paid out from the Guardian’s Fund to the legitimate recipient of the inheritance.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA EXCO Member

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    Aaron December 30, 2010 at 6:42 am #

    If you know which office of the Master of the High Court that the estate was reported to, you would need to approach the Guardian’s Fund in this office and ask that they confirm that funds are due to a beneficiary from that estate. You could also speak to the executor of the estate, who would confirm whether funds were in fact paid to the Guardian’s Fund or not.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA EXCO Member

  9. yougan chetty March 14, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    i have been tryin to contact the master of the supeme courtin pietermaritzbur for pass 3years now!!! what does it take to contact them number have been is 033 342 0599.
    how long does take to pay out i live in jhb now.i gess i must go AND SIT COURT DOOR TILL THEY PAY ME . MY CONTACT NUMBER IS 071 496 2537
    082 400 4400

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    Aaron March 14, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    Your email refers.

    I would suggest that you contact the office of the Acting Chief Master (lbasson@justice.gov.za or chiefmaster@justice.gov.za) lodging a complaint with him regarding the delays that you are experiencing with this matter.

    Regards.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA EXCO Member

  11. Karen Smith March 30, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    Good afternoon

    My two sons who are now 18 and 22 respectively were each left a sum of money in the Guardians Fund in 1998 when their Great Aunt died. I still have all the original documentation which I first submitted for the elder son in November 2009 via the laywer who handled the Will. To date I have had to resubmit the documents three more times as the original documentation cannot be traced. I am now dealing with the Acting Master of the High Court (Lothian Basson) but still find the process dragging out. I now have to submit the documents for the younger son and anticipate another long battle!
    Karen Smith

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    Aaron March 31, 2011 at 6:04 am #

    Your email refers. Unfortunately, the process within the Master’s offices with regard to the Guardian’s Fund can be slow at times. By dealing with the Acting Chief Master, you are at least assured of high level intervention in the matter. I would suggest that you find out who specifically is the person to deal with in the Guardian’s Fund, and make contact with that person directly.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA EXCO Member

  13. Wandile August 15, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    How much is the tracing agent allowed to charge people if they help them to find their moneis? And which Act of the law supports that?

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    Aaron August 16, 2011 at 6:16 am #

    To the best of the writer’s knowledge, the fee appears to be unregulated, and works on the basis of “no trace, no payment”. The fee may also be agreed between the Executor / Trustee, and also possibly be approved by the Master of the High Court, if there is estate duty payable.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA EXCO Member

  15. Wandy August 16, 2011 at 10:01 am #

    Thank you Aaron I now understand. May you please help with my second question. I wanna know which Act of the law supports these agents to run their businesses. Or are they illegal/scams?

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    Aaron August 16, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    There is no specific Act that legislates these fees.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA EXCO Member

  17. Wandy August 16, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

    Are they legal though? Meaning are they registered businesses? (Tracing Agents)

  18. Mahomed Khalid September 1, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

    Hi, What does it require to have funds released to beneficiaries who have come of age but are foreign citizens and now reside permanently overseas. the beneficiaries where in SA when their mother died but moved back to their home country since?

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    Aaron September 7, 2011 at 5:20 am #

    Good morning to you. Information in respect of your request for assistance has been emailed to you under separate cover. Many thanks.

  20. Phillip October 3, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

    My family has been battling since 2005 to claim this money. What can we do if the money has gone to the state? It was never advertised in the government gazette. It was put in the fund in 1955 and released 21 years later. but 30 years after that we are trying to claim it and it’s taking forever

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    Aaron October 4, 2011 at 5:30 am #

    You will need to contact the office of the Master of the High Court where the estate, that gave rise to the monies being placed in the Guardians Fund, for assistance. If you can provide me with details of which office of the Master you are dealing with, I will try and preovide you with the relevant contact details of who you need to speak to.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA EXCO Member

  22. Phillip October 4, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    It is the pietermaritzburg office and we have spoken to the master of the high court there and she has been no help at all! we have been dealing with Ms Seetarani Gangai

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    Aaron October 4, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    Good afternoon to you. Ms Gangai has left the Master’s office in Pietermaritzburg, and you can contact the new Master, Ms E Daniels, for assistance. Her email address is eudaniels@justice.gov.za.

    Regards.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA EXCO Member

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    Aaron October 18, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    Good morning Yougan. Unfortunately, FISA has no control over the Guardian’s Fund operation at the office of the Master of the High Court. I would suggest that you contact the Master of the Pietermaritzburg High Court and request an update.

    Regards.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA EXCO Member

  25. Precious October 31, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

    Hi Aaron

    I would like your assistance on this matter,I recieved a letter from the Magistrate Court in Pietermaritzburg stating since I have reached the mature age I can now claim the monies in the fund.

    However when i went there I was told my guardian(grandmother who i didnt even know was my guardian)had claimed the monies in 2001 and 2002 and am now left with R1500 in the fund! Which is unbelievable.my grandmother was uneducated and passed away at the age of 60 in 2007.my father worked for a goverment hospital for 10years as a pathologist.I didnt claim and just need advice on what steps i can take ?

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    Aaron November 1, 2011 at 5:47 am #

    Good Morning Precious. You will need to approach the office of the Master of the High Court where the funds were deposited, to determine the process to follow to claim the funds due to you. If you can provide me with details of the office of the Master that you are dealing with, I may be able to provide you with the relevant contact details.

    Regards.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA EXCO Member

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    Aaron November 1, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    Good afternoon to you. Ms Gangai has left the Master of the High Court offices in Pietermaritzburg. You need to contact Ms Daniels on 033-264 7007.

    Regards.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA EXCO Member

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    Aaron November 1, 2011 at 12:24 pm #

    Please see my earlier response to an email from you.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA EXCO Member

  29. Mark November 30, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    Good afternoon. My uncle is mentally incapacited. Sometimes ago he had a car accident. Someone with tenous relationship to him took advantage. She claimed on his behalf and R100.000 was paid to the lawyers instituting a claim. We just found out now, when she was looking for some documents/signatures from family members. We have since learnet that the money was deposited into the Guardians Fund. How do we contact the Fund? Could it be that she has already accessed the money and run. She doesn’t stay with my uncle–stays elsewhere and has no contact with family. Any leads would help. We wouldn’t afford a lawyer

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    Aaron December 1, 2011 at 5:59 am #

    Good morning Mark. Do you perhaps know at which office of the Master of the High Court this matter was reported to? Most of the Masters’ offices countrywide have Guardian’s Fund offices, and if you are able to provide me with the information requested, I may be able to provide you with contact details to assist you in resolving your query.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA EXCO Member

  31. Mark December 1, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

    Thanks for responding. We have no idea to which Guardian Fund was the money deposited. Since the matter is in Gauteng, we suspect that this must have been done in Pretoria or in Johannesburg if there is a Guardian Fund there.

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    Aaron January 23, 2012 at 5:23 am #

    Good morning
    Mark. You will need to contact the Master of the High Court in Pretoria. The contact person is Ms G Marais, and she may be contacted on 011 339 7789 or gmarais@justice.gov.za

    Aaron Roup
    FISA Council member

  33. Emily Masithela January 24, 2012 at 4:01 pm #

    Dear Aaron

    My two kids have a trust fund with Alexander Forbes, Fairheads, I feel that they are not treating me well as I actually and absolutely does not know how they operate. I just want to know if it is possible to exchange the trust fund, I mean the funds be transfered to another trust fund that will be able to work with me, handle my kids funds in a satisfying way and communicate with me in a right way.

    Please let me know if this is possible or impossible.

  34. Kedibone February 4, 2012 at 4:35 pm #

    I submited the claim forms on the 7th December 2011 to get fund for 2012 not yet paid. I don’t know whom to contact to enquire about the progress.
    KEDIBONE

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    Aaron February 7, 2012 at 5:53 am #

    Good Morning Kedibone. You do not mention which office of the Master of the High Court you are dealing with. If you can provide me with the office where you sent the documents to, I may be able to advise yiu who you need to speak to.

    Regards.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA COUNCIL Member

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    Aaron February 7, 2012 at 5:56 am #

    Good morning Emily.

    A trust fund can be created for anyone, whether their mother is alive or not. The trust would have possibly been created by the employers of the children’s father when he passed away. One does not have to wait for both parents to be deceased before creating a trust.

    Regards.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA COUNCIL Member

  37. Kedibone February 8, 2012 at 11:22 pm #

    Dear Aaron. The documents were submitted on 7th December 2011 Pretoria offices of master of high court. It was about allowance of a child for 2011.

  38. Lee-Anne February 16, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    Hi Aaron.
    I have the following problem: I had a child with a man who died three years ago. He did not include my child (who is now four) in the will. i submitted a maintenance claim on behalf of my son. The claim was calculated by an actuary in Cape Town. The estate is now finally being sorted but the master in Port Elizabeth wants my claim money – which was allowed – to be paid to the guardians fund in Grahamstown. I do not understand as this money is not an “inheritance” for my son. I have been told that another master in Port elizabeth allowed a trust to be formed with the mother and two others as trustees and the minor child as the beneficiary. The master working with estate will not allow this and is adament is must be paid to the fund. I am worried that I will struggle to claim through the fund. i dont understand why it must be paid in. Is there anything I can do? I feel this master is not objective in my matter. I am an attorney and would invest the money for my son – not blow it on myself. Please advise.
    Thanks so much.
    Lee-Anne

  39. Sibongile February 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    I have applied for my son’s last payment the 31st of August 2011 at Master of High Court Bloemfontein. How long does the procedure take?

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    Aaron February 23, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    Good afternoon Sibongile. You should contact the Master of the High Court in Bloemfontein on 051 411 5500 and ask to speak to the Master, Jannie du Plessis, for further assistance.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA COUNCIL Member

  41. MELODY March 15, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

    AFTER NOON.AM VERY STRESSD MY DATE OF BIRTH HAS BEEN WRITTEN INCORRECT IN THER GARDIAN FUND AND I CAN NOT HAVE MY MONEY.WHAT CAN I DO?HELP

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    Aaron March 16, 2012 at 6:50 am #

    Please can you advise at which office of the Master of the High Court you lodged the papers for the Guardians Fund.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA COUNCIL Member

  43. makkie March 22, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    Hi Aoron

    My dad passed away in 2008 but my share of the benefits was administered by the state because i was 16 at the time. On 21/11/2011 i submitted claim forms to the Polokwane Master of High Court and i was told that the money will be transferred into my account after 2 months. After 2 months of nothing i went back 26/01/2012 and i was told that the offices responsible for processing were not working for the whole of December due to office renovations andd that i should wait for another 2 months. Its been two months and now and still nothing. I dont know what to do now because I am studying in Cape Town

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    Aaron March 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    Good afternoon to you.

    You will need to contact the Head of Office at the Master of the High Court in Polokwane. Contact details are listed below, for ease of reference.

    •Master: Ms FP Mugivhi
    •Tel: 015 – 291 4300
    •Fax: 015 – 291 4320
    •Postal Address: Private Bag X9670, Polokwane, 0700
    •Physical Address: Cnr Grobler and Hans van Rensburg, Office 105, Library Garden, 1st floor, Polokwane
    •Office Hours for the Public: 08h00 – 15h00

    Should you not be successful in this approach, you could then escalate the matter to the office of the Chief Master, who may be emailed on chiefmaster@justice.gov.za

    I trust that you will find the above in order.

    Regards.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA COUNCIL Member

  45. lionel March 23, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    HI,I’ve been waiting to get my money from the guardian of funds from Pretoria for the past 4 years.when i try calling them,they never answer.is there a person i can contact so that i am treated fairly.and I’m in Durban,is there a way of claiming the cash from here.

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    Aaron March 23, 2012 at 10:36 am #

    Good morning Lionel. You will need to contact the Head of the Guardians Fund section in Pretoria. See contact details below.

    GUARDIANS FUND: FAX NUMBER: (012) 329 1976
    Deputy Master 012 339 7788 F Strauss
    Email : fstrauss@justice.gov.za

    Regards.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA COUNCIL Member

  47. thandi April 24, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    Hi my name is thandi,my father past away in 2001 and the money was deposited to the guardian fund,n I would like to find out how much was deposited into the fund ,how do I go about

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    Aaron April 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    Good afternoon Thandi. Please can you advise at which office of the Master of the High Court the estate was reported.

    Many thanks.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA Councillor

  49. thandi April 25, 2012 at 7:07 am #

    Hi aron. The money was reported in pretoria masters office

  50. MELODY April 25, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    It was loged at petermartsburg.they have told me my date of birth is incorrect.i know do not know what to do cause i need the funds for my university educaton

  51. Nozipho April 26, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    Hello Aaron. I found my name in the gov. gazette under Mpumalanga and there is money due to me from the Guardians Fund. I am from Malelane. How do I go about claiming it? Which office do I go to?

  52. nthabiseng May 5, 2012 at 7:35 am #

    Hi,my name is nthabiseng ,I’m 19 years,the is money in my fathers estate which was deposited in the gurdian fund pretoria and I would like some assistance to buy a car,is this possible can they help me

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    Aaron May 7, 2012 at 5:22 am #

    Good morning Ntabiseng. You need to contact the Head of the Guardian’s Fund office at the Master of the High Court, Pretoria. Contact details are : Ms F Strauss, 012 339 7788 or fstrauss@justice.gov.za.

    Regards.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA Councillor

  54. Mike May 7, 2012 at 10:12 am #

    Hi. MUST all money’s left to minors be deposited into the Guardians fund? You cant just pay the money to the parents? Say now its a small amount…It seems like an administrative burden.

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    Aaron May 7, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    Good morning to you.

    Dependant on how the Last Will and Testament of the deceased has been structured, any monies left to a minor beneficiary will need to be placed with the Guardian’s Fund. The amount of money involved in the estate is not the deciding factor on whether funds needs to be deposited with the fund or not.

    Regards.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA Councillor

  56. Becky May 18, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    I’d like to know if i want to claim my funds, what is it that is needed from me. and do i need someone who will give me my ref number?

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    Aaron May 21, 2012 at 7:11 am #

    Good morning Becky. You neglect to advise which office of the Master of the High Court you are dealing with. If you can advise which office of the Master of the High Court you are dealing with, I can try and assist with contact details.

    Regards.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA Councillor

  58. Leander June 30, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    hi, i’ve submitted a claim to the gaurdians fund (Grahamstown high court). I would like to know who to contact for an update on the progress of the claim. It has been more than 30 days after i submitted all relevant documentation

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    Aaron July 2, 2012 at 5:33 am #

    Good morning to you. I would suggest that you contact the Master of the High Court in Grahamstown. His contact details are listed below.

    •Master: Mr SS Moodley
    •Tel: 046 – 603 4000
    •Fax: 046 – 622 9990 / Guardians Fund Enquiries: 046 – 603 4004
    •Postal Address: Private Bag X1010, Grahamstown, 6140
    •Physical Address: 5 Bathurst Street, Grahamstown, 6139

    Regards.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA Councillor

  60. allettah July 16, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    my stepfather’s name is appearing on the gazzete 27 jan 12.we went to pta master of the high court and were reffered to maritzburg but the master of the high court there told us they cant find where the money is and we came back hopeless.Pls help of where can we go from here.contact me llettah@gmail.com

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    Aaron July 23, 2012 at 6:58 am #

    You need to contact the Master of the High Court in Pietermaritzburg. See contact details below.

    • Master: Ms Seetarani Gangai
    • Tel: General: 033 – 264 7000
    Guardian’s Fund Helpdesk: 033 – 264 7054 /7029
    Insolvencies, Trusts and Curatorships, Deceased Estates: 033 – 264 7000

    Regards.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA Councilllor

  62. ntsiki August 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm #

    I WANT TO BE AN AGENT AT THE GUARDIAN FUND TO TRACE THE UNCLAIMED BENEFIT, SO WHAT CAN I DO?

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    Aaron August 21, 2012 at 5:35 am #

    Good morning to you.

    This is not something that the Fiduciary Institute of South Africa gets involved in. It is suggested that you contact the office of the Chief Master, whose contact details are found on the website of the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development (www.doj.gov.za).

    Regards.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA Councillor

  64. thokozile August 27, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    Aaron my name is Thokozile my mom died in the year 1994 and i was born 1991,i did not know about my funds and i applied for it month ago,when do i expect to get my money cause i have needs and am 21years old now.Nobody from the masters high court told me about my money till a friend told me this year, please help me i need that money.

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    Aaron August 28, 2012 at 5:24 am #

    Good morning Thokozile. Which office of the Master of the High Court are you dealing with? The period of time to receive funds due to you varies, dependant on whether you have lodged all the relevant documents.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA Councillor

  66. alana August 28, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    i want to know is it still possible for a gaudian fund even if there is no cash assets just movable and immovable property that is rewarded in specie

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    Aaron August 28, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    Good morning Alana.

    The Guardian’s Fund accepts cash only, and not fixed assets.

    Regards.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA Councillor

  68. thokozile September 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    good afternoon sir,the office that am dealing with is the Bloemfontein master of the high court.i have lodged all the relevant document that they wanted,can you please at least estimate on which month do you think i will receive the money,remember i have applied on the 25 of July 2012.

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    Aaron September 10, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    Good afternoon Thokozile. You would need to speak to the Master of the High Court in Bloemfontein, Jannie du Plessis. His contact details are : 051 411 5500 or email him on jduplessis@justice.gov.za

    Regards.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA Councillor

  70. Nompies September 25, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    What if I found my name on the Pretoria Gazzatte,where do I go.

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    Aaron September 27, 2012 at 6:37 am #

    Good morning to you. You will need to speak to the Guardian’s Fund office at the Master of the High Court in Pretoria. Telephone number is 012 339 7788 or email fstrauss@justice.gov.za

    Regards.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA Councillor

  72. Jonathan September 27, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    It has been over 5 years since I was able to claim money from a guardians trust fund, and I found my name had been printed in the government gazette in 2008. (archived)
    I live in the UK and am having real difficulty getting touch with the right people to find information on how to release the funds.
    I have been trying to ring the master of the high court in Pretoria with no real headway. (Ms F Strauss)
    Are there any forms that I can download relating to application for funds from abroad?
    Secondly is the application process different if i am applying after 5 years when the money presumably has been paid to the Receiver of Revenue Payment Register?
    Thank you

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    Aaron September 27, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    Good afternoon Jonathan.

    I will refer your query to the relevant person at the Master of the High Court in Pretoria, for their further attention.

    Regards.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA Councillor

  74. Khumbuzile September 28, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    Hi Aaron

    I have just seen many enquiries on this website regarding the Office of the Master in Pretoria and I would like to share this with you as I have been dealing with this office for the past five years. The service at the Pretoria’s office has improved a lot. They have established a customer walk-in centre and the queues are not long at all. It took me 10 minutes to submit my claim and it was paid within three weeks.

    To answer Jonathan, there are forms and information on the application process on the website. Or he can email the office to get all the guidance he needs before submitting his first application.

    He can contact:
    Mr AM Skosana
    Master of the North Guteng High Court
    Guardian’s Fund
    Fax No :086 516 2002
    Tel No :012 339 7802
    E-mail :maskosana@justice.gov.za
    Website:www.justice.gov.za

    Good luck.
    Khumbuzile

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    Aaron September 28, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    Thank you for the detailed response and provision of information that may assist Jonathan.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA Councillor

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    Aaron September 28, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    Good morning Jonathan.

    Please see below as received from someone who has had dealings with the Gaurdians Fund in Pretoria.

    Regards.

    Aaron

    I have just seen many enquiries on this website regarding the Office of the Master in Pretoria and I would like to share this with you as I have been dealing with this office for the past five years. The service at the Pretoria’s office has improved a lot. They have established a customer walk-in centre and the queues are not long at all. It took me 10 minutes to submit my claim and it was paid within three weeks.

    To answer Jonathan, there are forms and information on the application process on the website. Or he can email the office to get all the guidance he needs before submitting his first application.

    He can contact:
    Mr AM Skosana
    Master of the North Guteng High Court
    Guardian’s Fund
    Fax No :086 516 2002
    Tel No :012 339 7802
    E-mail :maskosana@justice.gov.za
    Website:www.justice.gov.za

  77. Khumbuzile September 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm #

    Dear Jonathan

    You will still get your money, the only thing is that it would have stopped earning interest when you turned 18.Another possibility is that your money could be with SARS now because the GF pays over unclaimed funds to SARS five years after the beneficiary turned 18.

    Please check the website for the following documents:

    •J251 – Application for monies from the Guardian’s Fund [46KB]
    •Ceftu 3 – Bank & Personal details [29KB]
    •Applications for monies from the guardians fund: information, requirements and documentation needed [31KB]

    Regards
    K

  78. Benedict October 2, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    how do I access the guardin funds? and how do I obtain a full report of how much was paid into the guardin account?

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    Aaron October 2, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    Good morning to you. You need to advise me at which office of the Master of the High Court the funds were deposited at, so that I can advise you of the relevant contact details.

    Regards.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA Councillor

  80. VALENTINE MASHILO October 11, 2012 at 1:59 pm #

    My father passed away in 2003 and to date my stepmother never told me of any funds paid to Guardian fund. have been trying to get information from Government Pension office and the referred me to Masters office. Where they require a GF number we have not been in good terms and its been over 5yrs. how do I deal with this since my father was paying maintenance to the courts and she is not willing to give me information. my grandmother does not have the death certificate nor ID of my father and am been living with her since I was 9yrs and now I am 24yrs

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    Aaron October 12, 2012 at 5:10 am #

    Good morning to you. You would need to advise me at which office of the Master of the High Court the funds were deposited, as this would be the starting point to find out further information. If you are able to advise me further in this regard, I will try to find the information you require to try and find an answer to your query.

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA Councillor

  82. Linda October 22, 2012 at 3:59 pm #

    22Oct 2012 – Good afternoon, Please can you help me find documentary proof of the minimum amount necessary from which monies to underage beneficiaries must be paid into the Guardian’s Fund?

    The estate of which I am Executor left the sum of R1’000.00(one thousand Rand) to two babies each. The Johannesburg Master’s Office told me that in’general practice’, only from minimum R5’000.00 MUST go into the Guardian’s Fund. Lesser monies can be put in a trust account in the baby’s name under the legal parent’s control. However, my lawyer refutes this without clear legal rule.
    Please can you confirm which Act, Article or Government Gazette Amendment to refer to for clarity?

    Many thanks, Linda

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    Aaron October 23, 2012 at 6:55 am #

    Good morning Linda. I would suggest that you contact the office of the Chief Master (chiefmaster@justice.gov.za) for further guidance in this regard.

    Aaron Roup
    FISA Councillor

  84. thandi October 25, 2012 at 8:09 pm #

    Hi there my name is thandi,I have been getting calls from an agent who’s tracing people for unclaimed monies,she said my name was listed on the government gazette for unclaimed monies ,I have claimed before and I only got 2500,I just like to find out if the is any money left in my fathers estate,

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