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DEL Shines Light on COVID-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme

June 30, 2020

Department of Employment and Labour

The employment and labour department has confirmed that the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) is committed to pay millions of workers their relief payments under the COVID-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) until the end of June 2020.

In a statement, the employment and labour minister, Thulas Nxesi, declared that government remains committed to pay the TERS benefits until June 2020 as per the initial directive of 26 March 2020.

“The benefits will continue to be paid to eligible employees as set out in COVID-19 Directives of April, May and June 2020 and will be paid according to the same benefits structure of the income replacement rate varying between 38% and 60%,” he said.

According to the department, the UIF has also committed to ensure that applications received in April and May that have been registered in the system will still be processed and paid once all the relevant documents and information has been received.

The UIF is also committed to pay claims declined due to lack of proper documentation as soon as the required information has been received.

“The Fund has made significant progress in the payment of May applications. As of 24 June 2020, the Fund has paid R8,4-billion (R 8 401 750 767.94) to 149 120 employers who submitted applications on behalf of 2 037 458 employees. In total, UIF has disbursed close to R28-billion (R27 717 930,315.10) since 16 April 2020.”