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UIF takes poverty relief drive to the streets

by lloyd last modified 2008-06-19 11:49

UIF takes poverty relief drive to the streets

18 June 2008

In a concerted effort to take governance directly to where the masses are, the Labour Department will over the next few months embark on a renewed nationwide campaign to elevate public use of the Unemployment Insurance Fund’s (UIF) services.


Aimed at not only helping UIF claimants and other stakeholders obtain the quickest service almost from their doorstep, the drive also seeks to raise public awareness to the existence of many strategic processing centres around the country which the Fund feels are currently not used to their full potential probably due to lack of awareness.


Kicking off this crusade in Welkom in the Free State on Monday (June 23), Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana will personally oversee the processing of some claims at the town’s Labour Centre and interact with clients about any difficulties that they might be encountering while filing for their claims.


The Minister will then proceed to the local community hall shortly afterwards where he will deliver a keynote address of the launch.


First introduced in 2005 when the Department decentralized the functions of processing Unemployment Insurance claims from the original 14 processing centres, the strategy has since entrusted Labour Centres with this task, which has entailed an increase by 18 more new sites and an upgrading of staff skills to efficiently process claims, employer registrations and declarations among others.


As the UIF is one of the government’s flagship social relief programmes, UIF-registered workers who have lost their jobs constitute the majority of the Fund’s clients and therefore fall directly under this category of the society’s vulnerable section. They therefore need to be encouraged at the highest level to make use of their rightful relief interventions.


The official programme for the launch will be made available in due course. Mass media coverage of the event is being solicited. Details of venue and time are as follows:


Venue:              Welkom Labour Centre


                        Raymond Building


                        53 Mooi Street




                        Greek Hall


Cnr Tempest and Buiten Streets


Opposite Welkom High School


Time:              10:00

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