UIF Pays Out R14.5 Million To Former Teaching Assistants

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Earlier this month, the Unemployment Insurance Fund sent out a notice to former teachers assistants and general workers living in the KwaZulu- Natal province that they would be entitled to claim unemployment benefits again.


In a statement released on Monday, the Department of Employment and Labour reported that the UIF has paid out around R14.5 million to 3 259 former teaching and general assistants thus far.

This comes after resuming with its campaign in the KwaZulu-Natal province last week.

The department says that payments were processed and disbursed between 9 and 13 January 2023, through the funds major campaign in the Zululand District Municipality. 

The campaign initially started in November 2022, under the Amajuba District Municipality, where the fund successfully disbursed R7.7 million to 1 746 former educator assistants and general assistants who were employed as part of the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative (PYEI) that was implemented in 2020. 

“It proceeded to eThekwini and Pinetown in December 2022 where R28,8 million was paid out to 6 204 beneficiaries. To date, a cumulative R51,5 million has been paid out to 11 209 beneficiaries who were employed in the aforementioned districts,” said the department.

The fund will continue with processing and paying out of claims in areas around the Zululand District Municipality this week on these days:

  • 17 January 2023: Bhekuzulu High School in Nongoma;
  • 18-19 January 2023: Pongola Akademie; and
  • 20 January 2023: Paulpietersburg Primary School.

The UIF urged clients to bring along a valid ID or passport, a fully charged smartphone with data and proof of banking details.

In an effort to enhance the employment prospects of former teaching and general assistants, the Department of Employment and Labour’s Public Employment Services (PES) branch has been contributing to the campaign by registering the CV’s of the unemployed clients on the Employment Services of South Africa (ESSA) system for possible jobs. 

Employers with vacancies available have been urged to register and advertise their organisations on the ESSA system as it is free, and no charges are payable.

The system can be accessed via this link: https://essa.labour.gov.za/EssaOnline/WebBeans/

The department stated that the UIF in KwaZulu-Natal will be rolling out the project to other parts of the province and will announce dates and details in due course via its social media platforms and the media.



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