October deadline for employers to submit UIF claims

TERS claims open again There's some hope for struggling workers and businesses who've not received money from the Unemployment Insurance Fund. Payments were stopped two weeks ago after the Auditor-General found millions were awarded to ineligible people. The Temporary Employee Relief Scheme will now resume this week. eNCA’s Manqoba Mchunu reports.

JOHANNESBURG - There is some hope for struggling workers and businesses who have not received money from the Unemployment Insurance Fund.

Employers will have until the end of October to submit their claims.

Payments stopped two weeks ago after the Auditor-General found millions awarded to ineligible people.

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The Temporary Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) will resume this week.

In April, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a R500-billion relief package to mitigate the effects of the lockdown.

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Businesses were dealt a major blow when the Unemployment Insurance Fund suspended payments due to irregularities.

UIF acting-commissioner Marsha Bronkhorst said money is being recouped.

"People who were deceased were paid, people who were incarcerated were paid, children younger than 15 were paid. There were a number of challenges with the verification of identity numbers," Bronkhorst said.

The reopening of the TERS scheme has come as a huge relief for businesses.

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