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COVID-19 TERS Benefit Payments Resume

September 22, 2020

Department of Employment and Labour

Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) benefits payments have resumed.

In a statement, the employment and labour department described the payments as a “campaign that has put hard cash in the hands of workers to shield them from the worst effects of lockdown as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic”.

According to the Acting Unemployment Insurance Fund Commissioner, Marsha Bronkhorst, a payment run for all outstanding payments for April, May and June 2020 is planned for Monday and Tuesday.

“After that, we will plan to run payments for 1 July to 15 August 2020 period from Wednesday 23 to Saturday 26 September 2020”, she said.

Payments were halted for two weeks following the Auditor-General’s report on TERS that pointed to numerous gaps, risks and inadequate controls and verification processes.

The department emphasized that the resumption of payments applies to competent claims only.

“Incomplete claims or claims where there is information that is still outstanding from employers will not be automatically processed.”