The Employment and Labour Ministry today announced an extension to the COVID-19 TERS relief payments that it has provided to ordinary workers in this country to shield them from the worst effects of the pandemic and to ensure that their families are not pulled into abject poverty.
Speaking under the theme Protecting Workers and Jobs in the era of Covid19 at the occasion of Budget 31, the Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour, Ms Boitumelo Moloi announced: “Following due diligence and consultation with the Unemployment Insurance Fund actuaries, and in line with the President's decision to extend the life of the Disaster Management Act until 15th August, we have taken the decision to similarly extend the Covid19 Ters benefit until 15th August 2020."
The benefit structure and existing criteria remain the same. We are considering closing the April, May and June applications at the end of July 2020; all valid applications already received for these two months will be processed. We are in consultations with the social partners at NEDLAC in this regard.
The extension of the relief scheme comes as the UIF has put cash in the hands of workers of some R34-billion in 7.4-million payments while maintaining its normal benefits disbursements which have amounted to R4-billion in 677 000 payments to beneficiaries since March 26, 2020.
During the speech, the DM who spoke on behalf of Minister Thulas Nxesi who is recovering from Covid19 related illness also announced:
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