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UIFMoneyweb reports that the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has announced that it would pay workers their relief Covid-19 Ters benefit until the end of June.  Nonetheless, those thereafter who still had outstanding documents would be attended to.  

Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) Minister Thulas Nxesi pointed out that the commitment to pay the Ters benefits only until June 2020 was in accordance with the initial directive of 26 March 2020.  He noted that the payments were intended as a stop-gap measure for a period of three months or until such time that lockdown restrictions were eased and the economy slowly re-opened.  “The payments by the UIF should be seen in the context of government-wide basket of services and interventions to ease the burden of the coronavirus. In the process, and because this is unprecedented, a few mistakes occurred but detractors fail to see the magnitude of the work that has been done and the relief that it has brought to many people in our country,” Nxesi said.  He added that, using the measure that one beneficiary was responsible for eight others, the amount of money distributed in the round of May payments alone had covered at least 14 million people.  “This is a real difference in the lives of workers and is evidence to government’s commitment to make a real difference,” Nxesi claimed.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Melitta Ngalonkulu at Moneyweb

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