Thursday | 28 May | 2020
By Reon Janse van Rensburg
As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic thousands of employees could not make provision to meet their normal household financial obligations. The financial outlook of employees who, at the beginning of 2020, were still in a position to put food on the table and provide in their families’ basic needs now looks vastly different to what it was when 2020 kicked off.
Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi, however, announced some relief to employers and employees in the form of amendments to the TERSs scheme (Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme) that will now make it possible for employees to claim from the scheme even if the employee in question is not registered with the UIF and even if the employer has not contributed to the fund. Those amendments were published in the Government Gazette on Tuesday.
This benefit provides for a minimum payment of R3 500 and a maximum of R6 700 per month. Since last week, the UIF has paid out more than R14 billion to Covid-19 relief benefits.
TERS, administered by the UIF, is a special benefit created by the Department of Labour to provide relief to employees who have been seriously affected by the national lockdown and the Covid-19 pandemic.
To apply for the benefit, please use the following link: https://uifecc.labour.gov.za/covid19/
Businesses that were unable to pay their employees’ full salaries due to the Covid-19 lockdown can submit TERS applications for May from Wednesday 27 May.
According to the Department of Labour the money paid to beneficiaries so far has had a direct impact on 3 million employees, ensuring that people’s livelihoods are protected from the devastating effects of Covid-19.
“When confronted with a challenge of this magnitude you either swim or sink. This has been the ultimate test of leadership for almost everyone, whether you are leading an organisation or you are simply expected to contribute towards the flattening of the curve in your personal capacity; we were all called to show up without prior notice. Despite several challenges the UIF continues to experience in executing its mandate to the public, I believe it has risen to the task under extremely difficult circumstances. The noting of achievements is of course not to deny the existence of challenges.” – Thulas Nxesi, Minister of Employment and Labour.
* All information was correct at the time of publication.