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Third Phase for COVID-19 TERS Benefit

July 20, 2021

Department of Employment and Labour

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) is to implement a third extension of the Covid-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) benefit.

In a statement, the employment and labour department confirmed that the employment and labour minister, Thulas Nxesi, has signed the Direction authorising the third phase of the Covid-19 TERS benefit.

According to the department, applications for the third phase can be submitted as from 19 July 2021 and payments will commence on 26 July 2021.

Workers to benefit include workers who have not been able to work from 16 March 2021; workers impacted by level 4 lockdown implemented on 28 June 2021 and workers over 60, with comorbidities and those that have had to isolate or go into quarantine.

The department indicated that the UIF, after intense deliberations at Nedlac, agreed to open the window for phase 3 of Covid-19 TERS to cover the period between 16 March 2021 to 25 July 2021.

Meanwhile, in Government Gazette 44866, the department announced that the Motor Industry Bargaining Council has applied to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration for a demarcation order to the effect that the Motor Repair Division of Kidrogen (Pty) Ltd falls within its jurisdiction and not under the registered scope of the South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council.

Representations are invited within 21 calendar days of the date of publication.