UIF Provides Financial Aid to North West Province Workers During COVID-19

1 min read
u i

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has been offering financial assistance to workers in the North West province since March 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the economy, and the UIF has disbursed R2.1 billion in aid through its COVID-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (COVID-19 TERS), benefiting 457,546 workers.

Additional Funds for Unemployment, Maternity, Illness or Death Benefits

The UIF has also provided an additional R601 million to 139,629 workers and their beneficiaries for unemployment, maternity, illness, or death benefits during the 2022/2023 financial year.

Sectors Receiving Support

The top 10 sectors receiving the R2.1 billion aid were Mining, Personal Services, Trade, Construction, Banking, Professional Services, Iron, Agriculture, Educational, and Charities. The UIF has distributed R64 billion nationally, benefiting at least 5 million workers via COVID-19 TERS.

Efforts to Combat Fraudulent Activities

To ensure proper allocation of COVID-19 TERS funds, forensic auditors from the UIF’s office continuously scrutinize companies within the province and nationwide. As of now, audits have verified R17.5 billion of the R64 billion spent as legitimate payments.

However, fraudulent activities have surfaced during the audit process, such as ghost employees, inflated salaries, terminated employees, and ineligible essential service companies. UIF implements various measures to address non-compliant employers, including criminal investigations, refunds of COVID-19 TERS funds, blocking access to UIF’s services, and blacklisting from UIF-related business interactions.

Disciplinary Actions Against UIF Officials

UIF also deals with internal disciplinary cases, targeting officials implicated in fraud or bribery allegations. According to Bernice Matlhako of UIF’s Risk and Fraud Unit in North West province, two officials have been dismissed, two others are suspended, and five are under disciplinary hearings. UIF has a zero-tolerance approach to fraud and corruption.

Reporting Fraudulent or Corrupt Activities

To report fraudulent or corrupt activities, UIF encourages the public to call their UIF Fraud Hotline (0800 601 148) or the Department of Employment and Labour hotline (0860 666 883).

UIF’s Mandate

UIF is an entity of the Department of Employment and Labour, and its primary mandate involves providing short-term financial relief to eligible and contributing workers and their beneficiaries. With billions of rand distributed to workers in the North West province, UIF continues to play a vital role in mitigating the pandemic’s economic aftermath.

A Russian-Spanish journalist and Cape Town native, channels his lifelong passion for South Africa into captivating stories for his local blog. With a diverse background and 50 years of rich experiences, Serjio's unique voice resonates with readers seeking to explore Cape Town's vibrant culture. His love for the city shines through in every piece, making Serjio the go-to source for the latest in South African adventures.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Previous Story

The Importance of Fair Employment Practices and National Minimum Wage

Next Story

Gauteng Police’s Remarkable Success: Over 900 Unlicensed Firearms and 10,000 Rounds of Ammunition Recovered

Latest from Blog

The Anatomy of Violence Based on Gender in the Western Cape: A Continued Fight for Justice

The Western Cape Department of Police Oversight and Community Safety revealed that 89 cases of genderbased violence were dropped from the court roll in six months due to the ineffectiveness of the South African Police Services. However, the Court Watching Brief Unit aims to monitor and strengthen SAPS in tackling these issues, and the government has committed R1.6 billion to fund and implement an Emergency Action Plan on GenderBased Violence and Femicide. Despite these efforts, the fight for justice against genderbased violence continues in the Western Cape.

An Unexpected Turn in South African Football

South African football player Andile Jali is facing an unexpected career crossroad with speculation surrounding his possible retirement. Jali’s departure from Moroka Swallows was surprising, given his reputation and record in the DStv Premiership. His future in professional football remains uncertain as he deliberates his next step. Despite this uncertainty, Jali’s legacy in the football world remains an unwavering testament to his talent and determination.

An Invitation to My Cape Town Market Atlantis: A Celebration of Artisan Culture and Entrepreneurship

My Cape Town Market Atlantis is a vibrant celebration of artisan culture and entrepreneurship, taking place on May 4th and 5th, 2024. Vendors can apply for trading bays online or by collecting paper application forms from various locations. The market offers a platform for local artisans to showcase their talents, generate revenue, and interact with customers, while also providing entertainment for all ages. Spaces are limited, so apply now to be a part of this exciting event!

Unwavering Bond Between South Africa and South Sudan: A Path to Peace and Prosperity

South Africa and South Sudan share a strong bond built on mutual respect and shared struggles for freedom. President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent visit to Juba, South Sudan’s capital, highlighted the enduring relationship between the two countries. Constructive dialogues between the leaders of both nations aimed at reinforcing their partnership across multiple sectors, particularly towards peace, development, and democratic governance. Progress towards peace in South Sudan is evident through the formation of unified security forces and the reestablishment of pivotal institutions, indicating the nation’s resolve for democratic processes and governance.

The Brilliance of Lewis Hamilton in Formula One

Lewis Hamilton is a British racing driver who has set records and won numerous Formula One championships. He has faced setbacks and controversies throughout his career but remains one of the most exceptional drivers in F1 history. Hamilton’s talent and commitment have solidified his legacy as a dazzling luminary in the chronicles of F1 history.