The UIF has paid out more than R52 billion in TERS benefits to employers and employees affected by the Covid-19 lockdown. Now, the scheme will be wrapping up its last round of payments.
This follows the President announcing that the relief scheme would be extended by another month. The last round of applications will now close on 31 December.
Acting Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Commissioner Marsha Bronkhorst said applications for the Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) sent past this date will not be accepted.
This round of applications applies to employees and employers who are:
- Not allowed to operate under the current Disaster Management Regulations;
- Employers who are not able to make alternative arrangements for workers who are vulnerable
- Employees who are not able to operate as usual under the current regulations.
All claims must be made on the online portal https://uifecc.labour.gov.za/covid19/.
“As with previous claim processes, to apply in the new period, employers are required to upload similar documentation that include signed approval or acceptance letter, bank confirmation letter, proof of payment to employees and refund to the UIF – if applicable,” Bronkhorst said.
She said the UIF will verify all bank details before paying out funds to beneficiaries.
“The immediate past has taught us that even under the pandemic, criminals are at large and looking to benefit through their nefarious means. We have an obligation to do everything in our power to ensure that funds are not paid into the incorrect accounts," Bronkhorst said.
This is after the fund discovered that some flaws in its verification system resulted in millions of government employees receiving benefits.
"All these systems have now been updated and they now throw out any of these numbers that might want to claim as 'not valid'," said Bronkhorst.
Those who made fraudulent claims will have to pay back the money. Bronkhorst said the UIF is still in the process of investigating and tracking all funds.