Bongani Zitha |
New dates for claiming the Covid-19 UIF Temporary Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) have been announced by the Unemployment Insurance Fund. The dates for new claims have been extended after conclusion of consultations with Nedlac partners.
The dates are as follows; March to May claims will now close on September 25th. Applications for June will close on October 15th. July to September 15th applications will close on October 30th and no further applications will be processed after these closing dates.
The new TERS closing dates will not affect claims that had already been submitted. The fund is working with the Department of Home Affairs and other government databases to verify about 5 million identification documents of applicants for the Covid-19 TERS claims. This is done to ensure that there are no fraudulent mishaps.
Acting Commissioner of the UIF, Marsha Bronkhorst said; “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. As soon as we have a sense of comfort with the steps taken, we will announce to the country the resumption of payments.”