Covid-19: Citizens weigh in on UIF and grant increases during lockdown

Covid-19: Citizens weigh in on UIF and grant increases during lockdown

- South Africa has announced numerous ways in which financial relief would be provided

- This comes as the nation faces the challenge of overcoming the coronavirus, but still keeping food on the table

- asked readers to weigh in on the numerous measures that aim to help citizens cope during this time

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South Africans have, for the most part, spent over a month at home away from any source of income.

While some companies have managed to pay at least something to employees during the coronavirus lockdown, others have struggled to cover the cost of closing.

One of the ways in which the government has offered a helping hand is the UIF TERS fund which aimed to pay workers who didn't receive their full salary.


When asked if they have received a payment from the UIF, a staggering 89% said they had not received a cent.

After the announcement of a specialised Covid-19 unemployment grant, readers had mixed feelings over whether or not R350 would be enough.

Only 52% responded that they felt the amount would be enough money, while 48% said that they weren't convinced.

One reader, Nkhangweni Mukwevho, commented that the amount was not meant to replace wages.

"We must remember this is not wages or salary, so can never be enough but is better than nothing."

The extra R500 paid out to citizens who receive child grants was warmly received with 88% saying that the fund would make a difference in the face of the crisis.

Bokkie Lindeque Pelser said that those who receive the funding should be grateful.

"Before it was granted people didn't have it. Be thankful and buy food."

Solly White felt that food vouchers may have been a wiser option, removing the temptation to use the funds on other items.

"It will help if parents use it wisely...I still think it could have been given in the form of a food voucher."

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