Top SA companies received UIF crisis money – how to check if your employer got any
- Some of SA’s largest companies – including Sasol, Mr Price and Bidvest - received UIF Covid-19 payouts for their staff.
- Workers can now check online whether their employers have been paid.
- The first payment covered five weeks to end-April. Applications for May have not yet opened.
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The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has released an online list of all the employers which have received a special grant to pay their staff. You can access the list here.
Prominent companies have already received money, including Sasol, Mr Price Group, Damelin, a number of Bidvest businesses, some Protea hotels and Engen service stations, as well as individual Spur, Wimpy and McDonald’s restaurants.
Hundreds of bottle stores and churches have also received payouts, while gyms, golf clubs and funeral parlours feature prominently on the list. More than two dozen taxidermy businesses have also benefited
As part of the Covid-19 Temporary Relief scheme (TERS), workers who are put on leave, have been laid off temporarily or whose employers can’t afford to pay their full salaries are entitled to a special payout from the UIF. The maximum a worker will get is R6,730 a month (if you earn more than R17,700) – while the minimum amount is R3,500.
Companies had to apply for the TERS money over recent weeks, and by Sunday, the UIF paid out R5.3 billion in Covid-19 benefits to companies, with 1.1 million workers benefiting. A further R2.4 billion was cleared for payment on Monday, and R1.9 billion in payments were still outstanding.
But at a recent briefing, labour minister Thulas Nxesi said more companies should apply. By government’s estimate another 220,000 employees – whose employers did not apply - should have benefited from the scheme.
Nxesi said that employees can now apply directly with the UIF for the Ters funding.
The first payment covered five weeks to end-April. Applications for May have not yet opened.
Nxesi said that the UIF has budgeted for three months of payment. Government is now assessing whether this period can be extended, but Nxesi warned that the UIF may be forced to reduce the benefit. “At some stage we may hit a crisis.”
Compiled by Phillip de Wet and Helena Wasserman
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