Marizka Coetzer
Journalist
2 minute read
22 Jul 2021
5:03 am

UIF: More mothers of newborn babies struggle to get benefits

Marizka Coetzer

Another mom, Julie Cranston, said she has waited since last December for her maternity benefits.

More mothers struggle to get UIF benefits. Picture: iStock

More mothers with newborn babies tell of months-long struggles to make ends meet after waiting for their Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) payouts. Phindiwe Rabodiba said she had to take out loans while she waited for UIF to pay. “I had to take a loan equivalent to my salary to make ends meet for the first month and the second month,” Rabodiba said. Rabodiba said it was hard because her unemployed mother had to help her to pay for essential items, despite her maternity claim being submitted in February. “I had to negotiate with my creditors. Now I am paying back...