The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) on Tuesday announced that it would be opening and begin processing the latest and final round of Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (Covid-19 TERS) from 23 November and close end of December.

On 30 September 2020, the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) announced that it was to begin processing Covid-19 TERS applications for the period covering 16 August to 15 September 2020. However, applications from this period came with some changes due to fraud that had been happenin with the other previous claims.

“To apply for the September period, employers are required to upload similar documentation that includes: signed approval or acceptance letter, bank confirmation letter, proof of payment to employees, and refund to the UIF – if applicable”, said the Acting UIF Commissioner Marsha Bronkhorst. 

Applications will undergo a vetting process with external partners to ascertain the validity of claims before the funds are paid and to ensure that the new controls weed out fraudulent claims.

“Early signs of the new vetting process with external partners show that we are on the right track, as we have been able to pick up potentially fraudulent claims. Payments to these claims have been stopped and have been referred to our Risk Management Unit for further investigation.

At the same time, the way foreign nationals were getting paid also changed. UIF said that the only way foreign nationals were getting paid was after a vetting process had been completed and green light for payments was given by the Home Affairs.

“We are also subjecting claims applications by foreign nationals to the Department of Home Affairs to ensure that we pay to authentic and deserving beneficiaries, and we shall immediately start paying these claims upon the completion of the vetting process by Home Affairs,” concluded Bronkhorst. 

The idea surrounding forwading foregin nationals details to Department of Home Affairs was to ensure that every foreign national paid has valid documents to be working in South Africa.

However, since this announcement was made, South African citizens have gone to receive 2 UIF payments without any UIF for foreigners coming through or any press statement being released by Department of Labour with regards to their progress with Department of Home Affairs.

As of now, UIF announced on Tuesday that they will be accepting and begin processing the latest and final round of Covid-19 TERS funds from 23 November and close on 31 December 2020.

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