- The Unemployment Insurance Fund has fulfilled its promise to capture and process May payments
- The Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi, had promised last week that they will start capturing and processing May payments for Covid-19 relief benefits
- R1 billion has been processed for payment for 252 378 workers represented by 26 648 employers
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The Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi, reported that the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) is making good on its promise to capture and process applications for Covid-19 relief benefits.
Nxesi had promised last week that the UIF would make good progress on its promise to start processing applications. Today, a total of R1 billion has already been processed for payment for 252 378 workers represented by 26 684 employees.
The UIF has also processed and paid R331 530 550.90 for 79 507 workers represented by 13 503 employers which is part of its outstanding payments for April.
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"As we indicated when we addressed the country last Friday, we are committed to ensuring that to the extent possible, the department through the UIF plays its role in shielding workers from the worst effects of the pandemic"
Nxesi added that the payments have been significant in saving at least three million workers from poverty. He also said that UIF is working around the clock to process outstanding payments as soon as possible.
Briefly.co.za reported that seven million jobs may be on the line as the unemployment rate continues to soar in South Africa.
South Africans who are unemployed or have lost their income due to the Covid-19 pandemic have turned to the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) and UIF for assistance.
Excluding the R1 billion that is in the pipeline for payment for May claims, the UIF has paid more than R16.5 billion for the benefit of 3 290 625 workers represented by 279 111 employers.
Nxesi also said a new enhanced system that kicked in last week will also make it easy to resubmit applications because in cases where the information has not changed, the claim will be processed immediately on confirmation by the employer.
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