R60bn in temporary Covid-19 relief paid out so far

Over 260, 000 employers have received payments from UIF.

The Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) was emergency funding introduced in March 2020 to provide support to employees who were unable to work during the strict lockdown.

The fund has paid out close to R60 billion to 267,414 employers since April 2020.

Any business that contributes to the UIF and was unable to pay salaries as a result of the lockdown could claim TERS for employees who were registered.

However, the National Employers Association of South Africa (NEASA) says about a quarter of their members had not received their payments for June to October last year.

In addition, only 77 percent of those paid in June received full payments, while 68 percent received  payments in full, in July, August and September 67 percent got the full pay, and 66 percent in October.

Some claims had not been paid due to discrepancies such as failed bank account verification, incorrect salary details during lockdown and employees who were claimed for but not registered.