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Are you ready for the Two-Pot Retirement System South Africa?

Two-Pot Retirement System

Are you ready for the Two-Pot Retirement System, South Africa?

The Two-Pot retirement system is a new reform in South Africa set to take effect on 1 September 2024It’s designed to help improve retirement outcomes by allowing retirement fund members to make partial withdrawals from their retirement funds before retirement, while also ensuring a portion is preserved for retirement.

How it works:

  • Savings Component: Members can withdraw from this pot before retirement. It’s meant to provide financial relief in times of distress without needing to resign to access funds.
  • Retirement Component: This pot is strictly for retirement and cannot be accessed until then.
  • Vested Component: This contains the benefits accumulated by the member before the implementation date and will continue to receive investment growth.

Contributions to retirement funds will be split into these two pots: one-third into the savings component and two-thirds into the retirement component. For example, if a monthly contribution is R900, R300 would go to the savings component, and R600 to the retirement component. Withdrawals from the savings component must be at least R2,000 and can only be made once per tax year.

The system applies to all retirement funds, with some exceptions like old generation retirement annuity policies or funds without active members. Members who were 55 years and older on 1 March 2021 and did not opt into the two-pot retirement system are also excluded.


To opt into the Two-Pot retirement system in South Africa, you don’t need to take any specific action if you are already a member of a retirement fund. The system will automatically apply to all retirement funds, both private and public sector funds, except for certain exceptions like old generation retirement annuity policies or funds without active participating members.

If you are not currently a member of a retirement fund and wish to join one to take advantage of the “Two-Pot retirement system, you would need to enroll in a retirement fund that is compliant with the new system. It’s advisable to contact the retirement fund or a financial advisor to understand the details of enrollment and how the system will work for new members.

This reform aims to support long-term retirement savings while offering flexibility for members in financial distress, as many rely on their retirement funds as their only savings. The two-pot retirement system encourages preserving retirement savings, with withdrawals intended as a last resort.

What are the pros and cons?



It’s important to note that while the system offers immediate relief and a safety net, it requires discipline to ensure that the long-term goal of a secure retirement is not compromised. Financial education and advice would be crucial in helping individuals make the most of this system

Click here to download the Two Pot Retirement FAQ Guide by National Treasury

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