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Regulations on Temporary Financial Relief Scheme Drawn Up

August 11, 2021

Department of Employment and Labour

Regulations on Destroyed, Affected or Looted Workplaces: Temporary Financial Relief Scheme have been drawn up.

The employment and labour department published the Regulations in Government Gazette 44978 in terms of the Unemployment Insurance Act.

The Regulations are designed to set up a temporary relief scheme aimed at giving financial relief to vulnerable workers; provide the payment of temporary financial relief to vulnerable workers and set out the application process for the temporary financial relief.

The temporary relief applies to workers whose workplaces closed due to the recent unrest in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

The remuneration to be taken into account in calculating the relief is capped at R17 712 per month.

Employers must apply for the temporary relief on behalf of their workers.

The closure of the workplace must be directly linked to the destruction, damage or looting of the workplace.

A case needs to have been opened with the South African Police Services.

The Regulations came into effect on the date of publication and will be reviewed every two weeks.

Meanwhile, in Gazette 44945, the department announced that the Essential Services Committee is investigating whether general health screening; testing; and control of infectious and communicable diseases and Port Health are essential services in terms of the Labour Relations Act.

Other services under the microscope include various services in the mining industry; the service of refining Manganese Ore and the manufacture/production, supply and distribution of steel.

Intention to make oral representations at various investigations is invited until 25 August 2021.