Truck Companies Found Not Complying With UIF Laws



The Unemployment Insurance Fund has intensified calls to employers to pay contributions and declare their workers every month, as inspections continue to find that several companies are not complying with the law.



Provincial Chief Inspector (PCI) in Mpumalanga, Boikie Mampuru, has raised concerned over a number of truck drivers who are not registered for the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF).

This follows a recent Road Freight sector operation that took place on the N4 just after the Middelburg toll plaza in Mpumalanga on Thursday, 06 April 2023.

Over the years, the fund has urged all employers to be 100% compliant with the fund’s legislation, as well as paying contributions and declaring their workers monthly.

According to the Unemployment Contributions Act, employers are obligated to pay unemployment insurance contributions of 2% of the value of each worker's pay per month and that employers and the worker each contribute 1%.

A number of truck drivers we have stopped during this operation indicated that they are not receiving their salary slips hence they are not sure if they are registered for UIF. Some of the drivers, we viewed their salary slips and we found out that they were not registered.

Mampuru noted that this causes concern over the lack of compliance by the trucking companies in the country. Therefore, his team will be intensifying such operations throughout the province.

He also mentioned that a number of companies who do not comply with Occupational Health and Safety, Employment Standards and UIF were noted and will do the necessary follow up.

“This is not the only operation that we will be conducting for this month but there are a number of planned projects over the course of April 2023,” noted the inspector.

Furthermore, the operation was also part of the Safety Awareness Campaign led Public Works, Roads and Transport in Mpumalanga MEC Mandla Ndlovu.

The MEC also invited the National Traffic Police, the President of Truckers Association of South Africa, Mary Phadi to assist in inspecting compliance of the trucks and drivers.


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