Department of Employment & Labour labour centres to remain closed during the 21 days lockdown period
27 March 2020


The Department of Employment & Labour‘s labour centres in all nine provinces will remain closed during the 21 days lockdown period. The Department appeals to all its clients to stop visiting labour centres, as there will be no one to assist them during this period.

Members of the public are requested to access the Department of Employment & Labour online services where they can download and submit UIF forms, apply for jobs, get advise on the process of electronic claims etc. The Department website is Enquiries can be sent to

The Department of Employment & Labour has taken the decision to close labour centres in line with the government's plan to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus. By practising social distancing and improved hygiene practices, the Department aims to limit the spread of the virus.

Employers that are unable to pay the full salaries of workers that they have sent home due to lockdown are encouraged to apply for Covid-19 TERS Benefit by sending an email to It should be noted that this benefit is applicable to all employers who are registered with UIF and make monthly contributions as required by the Contributions Act of 2002.

The Department of Employment & Labour clients can call the Department of Labour Hotline Number 012 - 337 1997 where they will be assisted to access services and are also encouraged to access the Department's website to get more information.


Issued by:


Teboho Thejane

Departmental Spokesperson

082 697 0694