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UIF TERS Extended Until End Of October

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has extended closing dates for applications for the Covid-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) until the end of the national state of disaster. Each application period announced by the UIF has its own closing date. 

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The UIF will continue to accept new TERS applications for the 2020 March to September period. Here are the new closing dates:

Application Month(s) Closing Date
March to May 2020 25 September 2020
June 2020 15 October 2020
July to 15 September 2020 30 October 2020

Applications sent past these dates will not be accepted.

The new closing dates will not affect those whose claims that have already been submitted. Those claims will be processed and paid once outstanding information finally submitted to the UIF.  

 The Employment and Labour Department said all payments are currently on hold as the fund is still working with the Home Affairs department and other government databases in order to verify the identity documents applicants send in with their Covid-19 TERS applications.

The department said the process of verifying documents is done to make sure that payments are made to deserving and authentic workers. Payments have been paused for now, following a report from the Auditor-General who uncovered suspicious activities with the payments of the UIF TERS.

“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.

Not only did the report reveal that TERS funds were incorrectly paid, but it also showed how much was given to prisoners and the deceased.

One instance shows a claim of R4 027 which was paid to an individual who happened to have the same ID number as that of a UIF employee. However, this is not the worst of it. 

A total of R169 900 was paid to individuals who were indicated as being in prison according to the Department of Correctional Services database. The report also revealed that citizens who were indicated as dead as per Home Affairs database, received TERS payments totaling R441 144.

The UIF will make an announcement soon as to when payments will start again.

“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.

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