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UIF Resumes TERS Payments To Beneficiaries

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The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has now resumed Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme (TERS) payments to beneficiaries. Beneficiaries will now start receiving funds are payments were suspended for two weeks due to an investigation at the fund.

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The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has now resumed Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme (TERS) payments to beneficiaries. Beneficiaries will now start receiving funds are payments were suspended for two weeks due to an investigation at the fund.

The payments were halted for two weeks ago to fix deficiencies in the payment system which saw over R30 million paid to the wrong people, including pensioners and prisoners. These figures were revealed after a report done by the Auditor-General on Covid relief funds.

TERS was set up to grant relief to distressed workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

It was found that payments incorrectly went to miners, pensioners, prisoners and to individuals who had no vaild identity numbers. 

The findings lead to the suspension of the UIF Commissioner, Teboho Maruping, and his management team.

Payments were then halted to clean up the payment system.

"We've picked up that 193 ID numbers of people who have been deceased were utilised in claiming for benefits and 1668 government employees claimed for benefits. Two applications were received from people who were incarcerated and there were a huge number of 1968 identity documents which are invalid that were utilised in the application for payments," said the UIF.

This resumption of payments and the announcements from the UIF work in the favour of those individuals who were waiting long periods of time to get paid.

The fund continued to say, "We are working as fast as we can to clear the backlog of payments for the Covid TERS payments. The last huge run for June will go through tonight and then the July and August runs will go tomorrow to the banks to go to banking accounts on Monday".

This fund has benefitted many South Africans who have also lost their jobs during the pandemic.

Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu, found that there were many irregularities with the UIF Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS).  

Makwetu said, "We've identified some overpayments because the period of inactivity was not taken into account in determining the payment that was supposed to be made to the employers. We've given this to the UIF people and asked them to scrutinize the lists that we have extracted from their databases and give us explanations for why the amounts they have paid are the way they are."

 

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