UIF Distributes Millions To Workers Affected by July Unrest

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The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) recently announced that they will be distributing short-term financial relief to workers who were affected by the July unrest in parts of KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng.


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The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) recently announced that they will be distributing short-term financial relief to workers who were affected by the July unrest in parts of KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng.
More than 16 000 workers applied for the Workers Affected By Unrest (WABU) relief scheme and the scheme has distributed R6.4 million to 1402 workers so far.
The WABU benefit is paid directly into the employee's bank account and is calculated at a flat rate of R3 500. The UIF will continue to process the relief to workers who are registered and declared with the UIF. The workers’ contributions to the fund must also be up to date.
Acting UIF commissioner Advocate Mzie Yawa says this is not impressive because around 15 000 workers still await their relief.
He said, “We are, however, not worried about this seemingly low number because it shows the robustness of our verification process, which ensures that only those who meet our standards are fit for payment. Due to hard lessons learned from COVID-19 TERS payments, the UIF has had to vigilantly carry out due diligence and thorough verification before making any payments”.
Yawa adds that the UIF verification system has also picked up a number of employers who are submitting claims hoping to undeservedly benefit from the WABU scheme. He says there have been cases of employers sending false SAPS’s case numbers and submitting claims for workers who have been paid by insurance.
‘The bulk of the applications have been picked up as beneficiaries from South African Special Risk Insurance Association (SASRIA) and Department of Trade and Industry and Competition, and the Fund is running checks if those claims cover salaries and wages - and if they do, they will be rejected to prevent double-dipping’ said the fund in a statement. 
Like with the Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS), Yawa is urging employers to ensure that the banking details provided during the application process are correct. If this information is incorrect it will result in non-payment.

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