The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has announced another extension for the processing of new COVID-19 temporary employer/employee relief scheme (TERS) applications.
In a statement on Tuesday (15 September), UIF said the extension follows further consultations with social partners at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC).
Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi announced last week that UIF TERS payments has ben extended to 15 September. This was followed by a two-day extension until 17 September to allow for “scheduled network maintenance.”
Latest closing dates for UIF TERS applications
UIF said on Tuesday that UIF TERS applications for March 2020 to May 2020 will close on 25 September, 2020 and “no further applications for that period shall be accepted beyond that date.”
Applications for June 2020 will close on 15 October, 2020 while those for July to 15 September 2020 will close 30 October, 2020. No further applications for both periods will be accepted beyond their respective closing dates, UIF emphasised.
“The closing dates will not affect claims that have already been submitted, as they will be processed and paid once the outstanding information is finally submitted to the Fund,” UIF said.
TERS UIF payments on hold
Unfortunately for workers, the Fund said TERS UIF payments were still on hold as it works with the Department of Home Affairs to verify the identity documents of more than five million applicants. It said it will make a further announcement on when the payments would resume.
Acting UIF Commissioner Marsha Bronkhorst added, “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.”
The latest UIF TERS news comes on the back of adverse findings by Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu on the administration of the benefits.
Makwetu said his audit had discovered TERS payments made to deceased people, prisoners, people below the legal employment age of 15 and people who had provided invalid ID numbers.
How to check TERS UIF status
To check their TERS UIF status, applicants need to visit the official UIF COVID-19 TERS website link: https://uifecc.labour.gov.za/covid19/paymentStatusJsp. They would need to provide their applicable lockdown period and ID number.