Covid-19 TERS Beneficiaries Feel Relieved
The decision to extend the processing of Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) claims has brought relief to it beneficiaries.
UIF announced that they will be extending the dates to process new claims for April to September. This decision was announced after they had consultations with their social partners at Nedlac.
This has brought relief to some covid-19 Temporary Employee Relief Scheme beneficiaries as they had never received a single payment since lockdown.
Nomonde Hlophe applied for UIF in May but her application was not processed. She was worried because she submitted all the required documentation.
“I got worried when weeks went by and my application was not successful. My sister had told me that it does not take long if you had all the required documents,” she said.
Now that the UIF has extended the dates, Hlophe is wishing for her application to be successful. She has waited too long for her Covid-19 TERS benefits which she thought she would never receive.
“These are good news for me because I had chosen to forget about this money. This has just brought back hope for me,” said Hlophe.
Applications have been extended until the end of October and no applications will be accepted after that.
UIF was forced to hold payments after the allegations of making payments to 5 million undeserving people. That led to the suspension of Teboho Maruping, UIF’s commissioner along with three other officials.
“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 must pause payments,” said Marsha Bronkhorst, acting UIF Commissioner.
However, the process of payments has resumed this week to fast track the payments of beneficiaries.