Good news for beneficiaries as the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) announced that it has extended the processing time of new Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme (TERS) benefit claims for April to September following meetings with its social partners at Nedlac.
In line with this extension, the TERS applications for March 2020 to May 2020 will now close on 25 September 2020. Applications for June 2020 will close on 15 October 2020, and applications for July to 15 September 2020 will close on the 30th of October 2020 instead.
“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 processed and paid once the outstanding information is finally submitted to the fund,” said the Employment and Labour Department in a statement on Tuesday." said the department.
At the moment, payments are still on hold while the fund works with the Department of Home Affairs and other government databases to verify the authenticity of five million identity documents it had received along with the TERS applications.
This is done to ensure that payments are made to the right people.
Another announcement will be made about when the fund will resume payments.
“We are aware of the negative impact this delay has caused and is causing. But in the interests of mitigating the risks which have been identified both by our risk unit and the Auditor General, we, unfortunately, have to pause payments.
“As soon as we have a sense of comfort with the steps taken, we will announce to the country the resumption of payments,” said UIF Acting Commissioner Marsha Bronkhorst.