The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has announced that it will
resume the Covid-19 TERS Benefits payments from next week.
The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has announced that it will resume the Covid-19 TERS Benefits payments from next week.
Thousands of workers have been left without the much needed income, after the Auditor General sounded the alarm about a lack of security that could lead to further fraud and corruption.
The Director for UIF Communication and Marketing, Makhosonke Buthelezi, says they plan a payment run on Monday and Tuesday for all outstanding pay for April, May and June 2020.
“After that, we will plan to run payments for 1 July to 15 August 2020 period from Wednesday 23 to Saturday 26 September 2020,” adds Buthelezi.
The UIF halted all payments for two weeks to ensure that “we close the gaps identified by the Auditor General. While the inconvenience was greatly regretted, we are pleased that we have turned things around in what we believe is quick time and our systems are ready to make a difference in the lives of the workers.”
Buthelezi says, the Fund has scheduled multiple payment runs for the rest of next week to fast track the payments to beneficiaries.
“I would caution people to expect to find money in their accounts on Monday morning already. We are only starting the run of payments from Monday,” adds Buthelezi.
These payments only pally to competent claims.
Incomplete claims or claims where there is information that is still outstanding from employers will not be automatically processed.
The dates are set out as follows:
1. COVID-19 TERS benefit applications for March 2020 to end May 2020 shall close on 25 September 2020, and no further applications for that
period, shall be accepted beyond that date.
2. COVID-19 TERS benefit applications for June 2020 shall close on 15 October 2020, and no further applications for that period, shall be accepted
beyond that date.
3. COVID-19 TERS benefit applications for July to 15 September 2020 shall close 30 October 2020, and no further applications for that period, shall be accepted beyond that date.
The closing dates will not affect claims that have already been submitted, as they will be settled once all the outstanding information is finally submitted to the Fund.
A total of R42 billion has already been paid out since the onset of Covid-19 lockdown in March a part of the plan by government amid the slowing down of the economy and the closing of businesses.
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