Streaming issues? Report here
Kieno Kammies 2019 1500 BW Kieno Kammies 2019 1500 BW
Today with Kieno Kammies
09:00 - 12:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: The Midday Report with Clement Manyathela
See full line-up
Today with Kieno Kammies
09:00 - 12:00
Home
arrow_forward
Business

Employers urged to apply to UIF Covid-19 benefit fund for employees

2 April 2020 10:57 AM
Tags:
UIF
#21dayLockdown
coronavirus covid-19.
covid-19 uif
Special Covid-19 Benefit Fund

UIF will transfer the funds to the company and they are able to pay employees digitally explains UIF Commissioner Maruping.

UIF Commissioner Teboho Maruping talks to Refilwe Moloto about how the Unemployment Insurance Fund will be releasing funds to employers to assist employees left cash strapped by the coronavirus lockdown's devastating effect on business.

Unemployment Insurance Fund has a special Covid-19 benefit available and he says employers must apply.

We are pleading with companies to apply for this benefit on behalf of their employees so that we don't clog the UIF system.

Teboho Maruping, Commissioner - UIF

He says they have kept UIF staff away from the labour centres in the interests of their safety so encourages employers to apply on employees behalf to receive the payments for the 21 days.

Maruping says rumours that employees still need to take the form filled out by their employers to a UIF office in person is not true.

Employers should use the automated email covid19ters@labour.gov.za

It walks you through the full process that the company must follow....we have received over 3,900 that we are processing right now.

Teboho Maruping, Commissioner - UIF

It simplifies the process for us - the company has all the employees' details, so we don't have to confirm those. We just transfer the funds to the company and they are able to pay it and it is a similar process that can be audited with ease.

Teboho Maruping, Commissioner - UIF

He says the amount of R30 billion is a technical reserve should all companies be unable to cover salaries for workers but the amount for the Covid-19 fund is R10 billion.

The benefit is paid on a sliding scale, he explains, from 38% of the salary to a maximum threshold of R17, 712 per month.

He says if a company can only pay a percentage of salaries, they can apply to this fund for the remainder to top it up.

We are looking for companies like those. It is an employer-employee relationship and we are looking at ways this relationship can be safeguarded. Any contribution they can make is welcome and encouraged. We will do the calculation and pay the difference.

Teboho Maruping, Commissioner - UIF

He says they are getting the technology up and running smoothly and anticipates payments beginning towards the end of the lockdown.

Listen to all the details in the interview below:

Subscribe to our Business Wrap Newsletter


2 April 2020 10:57 AM
Tags:
UIF
#21dayLockdown
coronavirus covid-19.
covid-19 uif
Special Covid-19 Benefit Fund

Recommended

More from Covid-19 coronavirus explained

Ventilator hospital icu intensive care 123rf 123rflifestyle

Eastern Cape healthcare system is starting to fall over as infections take off

5 June 2020 10:35 AM

"Our health system has never been as healthy [as that of the Western Cape]," says Estelle Ellis. "We’re not OK. I’m worried."

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Rat rodents in home 123rf

'Lockdown has seen a huge increase in rodent activity'

5 June 2020 10:29 AM

Pest Free SA says its a consequence of more people being at home with more food scraps and fewer people in the commercial space.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

premier-alan-winde-wearing-face-maskjpg

Premier concedes that new testing plan will affect Western Cape's Covid-19 stats

4 June 2020 6:28 PM

Premier Alan Winde agrees that the new restrictions placed on Covid-19 testing will make the province's infection data unreliable.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

robjpg

[LISTEN] Did my father really die from Covid-19 asks SA radio host

4 June 2020 5:42 PM

Former KFM DJ Rob Vember speaks to John Maytham about the events leading up to his father's death last Friday evening.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Cyril Ramaphosa

How government's lack of transparency has fueled mistrust during Covid-19 crisis

4 June 2020 4:46 PM

Not sharing information with the public is unhelpful and lacks foresight says activist and writer Koketso Moeti.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

office-desk-work-space-workplace-employee-Covid-19-safety-disinfectant-123rf

Your employer isn't Covid-compliant, can you refuse to go to work?

4 June 2020 3:08 PM

Despite millions of people returning to work this week, the labour department says only 55% of companies are Covid-compliant.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

diabetes-doctorjpg

One in 10 Covid-19 patients with diabetes will die within a week - study

4 June 2020 2:05 PM

In the Western Cape the majority of Covid-19 fatalities were those with a comorbidity of either diabetes, HIV, or hypertension.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Lesetja1

'Notes, coins are worth nothing. They only carry value because of our standing'

4 June 2020 1:55 PM

We can thank our lucky stars that Lesetja Kganyago - the world’s best central banker – is ours. Kieno Kammies interviews him.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

200505-england-hospitaljpg

Health workers forced to pay for 'negative' Covid-19 tests says nurse

4 June 2020 12:54 PM

What's it really like working as a frontline healthcare worker during the coronavirus pandemic? Lester Kiewit finds out...

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Mother and son using wash hand sanitizer gel 123rflifestyle 123rfhealth 123rf

Dry skin from hand sanitizer? Here's what you can do

4 June 2020 11:29 AM

For many people, dry skin is an irritating byproduct of using alcohol-based hand sanitzers. Here's what the experts advise...

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward