Former Teaching Assistants Receive R14 Million Rand Payout


The Unemployment Insurance Fund has disbursed a significant amount of money to former employees of the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative. More payouts are expected to take place across the province of KwaZulu-Natal in due time.



The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has paid out a staggering R14.5 million to 3 259 former teaching and general assistants after resuming with its campaign in KwaZulu-Natal last week. 

The teaching and general assistants, who were temporarily employed under the Presidential Youth Unemployment Initiative (PYEI), received their money between 9 and 13 January, 2023 when the UIF continued its major campaign taking place in the Zululand District Municipality. 

The PYEI was implemented as part of the Basic Education Employment Initiative (BEEI) across all nine provinces, to reduce youth unemployment in the country.

The UIF's campaign started in November last year under Amajuba District Municipality, where the Fund disbursed R7.7 million to 1 746 former teaching assistants and general assistants. 

According to the UIF, the former teaching and general assistants qualified to claim unemployment insurance benefits from the UIF, when their contracts ended. 

The Fund has stated that due to the large volume of claims that were anticipated and to prevent long queues at Labour Centres, the UIF team in KZN met the Provincial Department of Education and agreed on a consolidated approach.

“This included the Department availing venues, while the Fund confirms the compliance of the former workers in terms of their employment history, declarations and contributions.”

The Fund and its campaign have since moved on to various other districts, such as eThekwini and Pinetown in December 2022, where R28.8 million was paid out to 6 204 beneficiaries. 

“To date, a cumulative R51.5 million has been paid out to 11 209 beneficiaries, who were employed in the aforementioned districts," stated the Fund.

The fund will continue with processing and paying out of claims in areas around the Zululand District Municipality this week on the following days:

  1. 17 January: Bhekuzulu High School in Nongoma
  2. 18-19 January: Pongola Akademie
  3. 20 January: Paulpietersburg Primary School. 

The Department has urged clients to bring along a valid Identity or Passport Document, a fully charged smartphone with data, and proof of their banking details.

The Department of Employment and Labour's Public Employment Services (PES) branch has taken on the task of enhancing the employment opportunities of these former teaching and general assistants, by registering their CVs on the Employment Services of South Africa (ESSA) system for possible jobs. 

The UIF in KwaZulu-Natal will be rolling out the project to other parts of the province and will announce dates and details in due course via its social media platforms and the media. 





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