CAPE TOWN – As a result of some companies not applying for special coronavirus benefits for their employees, the government has introduced new regulations to allow employees to directly claim from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF).
Initially, Covid-19 Temporary Relief (TERS) payments applications could only be made by the employer.
Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi estimated that companies representing 220,000 employees had not yet applied.
To date, about 2.3 million employees have received R12.7 billion to date.
Here is how to directly claim from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF):
- Register on the online portal.
- Login and follow the automated prompts. You will need to fill in your UIF reference number, trade name and contact details.
- Accept the terms and conditions of a memorandum of agreement and a letter of undertaking by clicking “accept”.
- Upload confirmation from your bank in the form of a PDF.
- Add the details of the workers you are applying for. You will need their ID numbers.
If the application is completed accurately, the turnaround time should be 10 days.
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