While the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has made R51 billion in COVID-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) payments, it still has a lot of work to do. The UIF said it still has 462 863 undeclared workers that have not yet been paid out.
Meanwhile, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have threatened to visit companies that have applied for UIF but who are not paying their employees. The red berets said companies have 48 hours to make the payouts and if not, they will be visited by the party.
Apart from that, clients are also reminded that applications for July to September will close on 30 October 2020.
UIF RE-RUN FOR APRIL MAY AND JUNE CLIENTS
Acting UIF Commissioner Marsha Bronkhorst said that while the fund is elated about paying R51 billion, it is also making sure that all the outstanding valid claims are paid, as soon as all the information is received.
“We still have 462 863 undeclared workers and urge employers to submit these declarations urgently so we can pay these workers,” said Bronkhorst.
She also revealed that this week, the fund will be doing a re-run of all outstanding payments for April, May and June and clients.
Bronkhorst also said the UIF will be doing a re-run of all claims that were not paid for the months of April, May and June due to outstanding information such as undeclared employees.
“If all the information has been submitted correctly to us, we will be paying these employees this week,” Bronkhorst said.
“Discussions are still underway at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) regarding the extension of COVID-19 TERS past 16 September 2020,” she added.
HERE’S WHO THE R51 BILLION HAS COVERED
The R51 045 255 369.21 billion covers 1 000 824 companies that applied and was disbursed in 11 575 623 payments which is broken down as follows:
- For April, R21 billion was paid to 4 240 112 workers through 410 523 employers;
- The payments for May month stands at just over R12 billion for the benefit of 3 108 611 workers through 280 191 employers;
- In June, the UIF has so far disbursed R10.5 billion to 2 904 749 workers represented by 217 982 employers;
- For July/August, R5.7 billion has been paid to 997 499 workers through 67 721; and
- R1.2 billion has been paid for August/September to 324 652 workers represented by 24 407 employers.
An amount of R1.6 billion has been paid directly to 390 996 workers and R214 million was disbursed to 60 275 domestic workers. Documented and declared foreign nationals have been paid R1.6 billion.
“The amount of R51 billion is the biggest amount that has been disbursed by government to workers during the Coronavirus lockdown and this mammoth accomplishment should be celebrated by all,” said Bronkhorst.
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