Covid-19 update: UIF to pay employees directly, cops swoop in on booze

Covid-19 update: UIF to pay employees directly, cops swoop in on booze

The UIF fund has announced that it will be paying employees their Covid-19 TERS relief funds directly. Briefly.co.za explores this story and more of the top updates.

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The Unemployment Insurance Fund will now be distributing Covid-19 relief funds directly to employees and not companies.

Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates as South Africa continues to battle the virus.

1. Covid-19: UIF announces TERS funds will be paid directly to employees

The Unemployment Insurance Fund will now be paying employees Covid-19 TERS relief funds directly.

eNCA reports that the UIF has paid more than R15.7 billion to 2 288 295 employees as part of the relief programme.

In a statement issued by the Department of Employment and Labour, Minister Thulas Nxesi commented that:

“Of importance is that we have now started paying workers directly to their bank accounts not through employers only. What this means is that workers do not have to wait until employers transfer their benefits to their accounts. While the claim is submitted by the employer who would have all the information that is pertinent to make the payments, the actual payment goes straight to the account of the worker thus eliminating further waiting period."

2. Lockdown: Cops seize R60 000 worth of booze from liquor store

The South African Police Service (SAPS) has confiscated an estimated R60 000 worth of alcohol from a liquor store in Edleen, Kempton Park on the 13th of May 2020.

Spokesperson for Norkem Park SAPS, Sgt Johanna Madiga, stated that the police were patrolling Edleen when they saw a man loading alcohol into a car in front of the bottle store according to The Citizen.

“The police patrollers asked the male suspect where he was taking the alcohol, and he confessed he was going to sell it in Daveyton. The man was arrested for contravention of the Covid-19 Disaster Management Act,” said Madiga.

3.Covid-19: British nationals fined R50 000 for illegally entering SA

Two British nationals, James Hackett and Erkan Bali, have been slapped with R50 000 fines after illegally entering the country during the lockdown.

In a statement released by the National Prosecuting Authority, spokesperson Natasha Kara commented that:

“Both men arrived in SA in February 2020 on different dates and departed together to Swaziland on March 18. Then on April 11 during the nationwide lockdown), they went to the Golela port of entry in an attempt to re-enter SA. They were denied entry and asked to leave. The men left the border and returned shortly afterwards, entering the country by driving straight through the port and ignoring the border officials present. They drove to a guest house in the Glenwood area where they were later arrested."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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