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UIF May COVID-19 Relief Payments Under the Spotlight

June 24, 2020

Department of Employment and Labour

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has paid over R23-billion (R23 799 903 283.03) to 3 663 932 workers represented by 322 422 employers since 16 April 2020.

The employment and labour department confirmed this in a statement on UIF May Coronavirus COVID-19 relief payments.

In May, the UIF “disbursed close to R6-billion (R5 893 080 491.35) for 1 440 757 individuals to help them cope with the worst effects of the lockdown while the CF has logged 448 claims that have been received directly as well as via the Rand Mutual and Federated Employers”.

However, payments to domestic workers was a concern for the UIF Commissioner, Teboho Maruping.

“Between April 16 and 17 June, we paid a total of 35 374 domestic workers a collective amount of R128 904 782. Even taking into account that live-in domestic workers are back at work already, it seems that we have not done enough to give proper sustenance to this vulnerable group.

“We have done something but it may not be good enough. We have been, and continue to encourage employers to lodge claims on behalf of their workers, particularly workers in vulnerable sectors like domestic workers and farming to apply for May relief payments. And again, based on the figures, it seems not enough people have taken the opportunity to apply,”
said the Commissioner.

The Commissioner also called on companies to declare and contribute for workers to the UIF.

In terms of Compensation Fund claims, the Western Cape leads the way with 172 cases followed by KZN (77), Eastern Cape (55), Gauteng (54), Limpopo (2) and Mpumalanga (1).

“For 70% of the claims received, the Fund has accepted liability while 23% are pending adjudication and only 6.1% have been repudiated. The most affected gender are females at 82.8%.”