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Who may join


You can join GEMS if you are employed in:

  • A National Department listed in Schedule 1 of the Public Service Act
  • A Provincial Department listed in Schedule 2 of the Public Service Act
  • A Provincial Administration listed in Schedule 2 of the Public Service Act
  • Organisational components listed in Schedule 3 of the Public Service Act
  • Any employer group approved by the Scheme (a list of these employers is available in Annexure A of the Scheme Rules).

You cannot join GEMS if you are employed by:

  • The South African National Defence Force (SANDF)
  • The National Intelligence Agency (NIA)
  • The South African Secret Service (SASS)
  • Uniformed members of the South African Police Service (SAPS)
  • Any department where the conditions of service do not allow you to join GEMS.

*Rule 6 of the Scheme Rules explains who can become a GEMS member. The Public Service Act is available on the Department of Public Service and Administration website at http://www.dpsa.gov.za/.

Remember: You are not allowed to be a member or a registered dependant of more than one medical scheme at the same time.

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