Department of Employment and Labour
The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has announced the resumption of payments of the Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) Benefits after a 24-hour delay.
According to the employment and labour department, the delay was necessitated by the “need to address some control deficiencies in the Covid-19 TERS online payment system”.
“This is the usual step whereby if the UIF picks up problems whether in relation to governance or to further stress-test and enhance the system, the payments get suspended to deal with the matter at hand for a certain period.”
In a statement, the department also pointed out that the UIF was subjected to an audit by the Auditor General of South Africa.
“The AGSA team had observed some control deficiencies and anomalies in the system, which prompted us to delay payments in order to address them.”
The UIF Commissioner, Teboho Maruping, called on “contributors to bear with us because these intermissions are designed to make the Fund stronger so that it can continue doing its work of providing sustenance to workers in their time of need”.