Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal (KZN) Provinces to benefit from the Unemployment Insurance Fund
The Department of Employment and Labour on its twitter page has said it is committed to assist workers who have been affected by the recent unrest in Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal.
According to the department assessment about 75 000 employees have been affected by the latest unrests in the two provinces and this may mean a temporal work stoppage or an outright retrenchment.
The Unemployment Insurance Fund has a basket of benefits that can serve as intervention mechanism to the affected workers and companies as a result of the unrests.
The Department is going to draft a special directive dealing with the affected workers in the two provinces. The spirit of the directive would be to ensure that workers who would normally not qualify for these benefits due to non-compliance with the Act are able to access the benefits.
All details pertaining to who qualifies, payment structure, the application process and the duration of the payment period will be outlined in the direction.
Just as it is the case with the Covid TERS Benefit, we want the employer to play a key role in the application process. The details of the process will be outlined in the Direction, however, what is important is that the benefit will have to be paid directly into the account of the employee. This will make the benefit immediately available to assist the employee, and it will reduce the risk of possible fraud.