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FAQ

  • You will be notified once your UIF claim is approved when to submit a payment request form.

    The first payment will be made to your bank account two to four days after the process is complete. You must also claim within six months after your last day of employment.

  • The amount you receive for UIF depends on your salary. You will be paid a percentage of what you would have earned on a daily basis. The highest amount you could be paid is 58% of what you would have earned daily. This percentage applies to lower paid workers. The higher your salary, the lower the percentage you will receive.

  • How much do you need to contribute to the unemployment fund in South Africa? Many ask this question.

    The amount your employee needs to contribute must be 1% of the remuneration paid by the employer to the employee.

    The amount the employer must pay towards UIF is a total contribution of 2% (1% contributed by the employee and 1% contributed by the employer) within the prescribed period.

  • If you fall ill while you are on your annual leave, you will need to visit a doctor and obtain a medical certificate certifying that xxx date to xxx date the employee was medically unfit for work.

    Once you return from annual leave, you will need to show your medical certificate to your employer and the employee is entitled to convert those sick days from annual leave to sick leave and your annual leave entitlement must be credited accordingly.

    Important: A medical certificate must be presented to your employer! Failure to present a medical certificate will mean that you were still fit for work and is therefore not entitled to sick leave if not declared unfit for work.

    Information provided by The South African Labour Guide.

  • According to South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), short learning programmes in South Africa are not registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF); hence they do not have NQF levels.

    Short courses are designed to improve or refresh knowledge and skills in a particular field and for personal, social or professional development.

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  • Minister of transport, Fikile Mbalula has published new directives pertaining to travel during level 4 of the national lockdown. This expands on the travel regulations already in place by introducing a curfew. This states the times during which vehicles used for private and public transport is allowed to operate.

    This curfew prohibits people to travel between the hours of 8 pm and 5 am, however, this regulation does allow for a grace period of one hour meaning that, in an emergency, you will have an additional hour to complete the journey.

    Essential workers in possession of a permit are exempt of this curfew.

    Inter-provincial journeys may be completed - even during the curfew hours - to allow those who have been ‘stranded’ in another province when the lockdown was implemented to utilise the 7-day window period (1 May to 7 May) and return home.

  • Yes, you will be able to claim for the unemployment benefits since it is not associated with the TERS benefit structure.

  • Yes, your employer can apply for the Covid 19 TERS Benefit on the condition that you are registered with the UIF.

  • Generally, commission earners and freelance employees are not contributors to the UIF. 

    So, because this is a qualifying factor for applicants, they will be regarded as non-contributors and therefore do not qualify for this benefit.

  • Not only is COVID-19 a major global health risk, but it has also compromised millions of jobs and led to the closure of small businesses across South Africa. The Covid19 Temporary Employee / Employer Relief benefit has been developed by the department of labour to pay a portion of workers’ salaries.

    Applications are subjected to the normal verification and validation processes of the Unemployment Insurance Fund. Find out how to apply for this benefit https://buff.ly/2ysQkJt

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  •  Social distancing simply means that you remove yourself from close-contact (face-to-face) interactions as much as possible and maintaining a distance of at least 1,5m from others while in public.

    Who should practice social distancing?

    Everyone except essential service providers must stay at home to reduce your chances of being infected. This is becoming particularly important now that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in SA has surpassed 2000.

    Here's how it's done:

    • When you go out for the essentials, avoid close contact with other people by maintaining a distance of at least 1.5 metres from those around you at all times.
    • Avoid mass gatherings i.e. religious gatherings, parties, funerals with more than 50 people etc.
    • Working from home instead of at the office
    • Host meetings on Skype
    • Buy your groceries online
    • Also, for your own mental health, keep in touch with friends and family via phone or messaging.

    This is especially important for high-risk people who are more likely to become severely ill or die as a result of the virus. If you must leave home for a valid reason, take all the necessary preventative measures to not only protect yourself but those around you too.

    Note that this is different from self-isolation.

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