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No plan to help those left unemployed by lockdown after UIF TERS fund ends

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Some industries like gyms, night clubs and flea markets remain closed, with their destitute employees already owing large amounts of rent and no way to earn money.


02 Jul 2020
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No plan to help those left unemployed by lockdown after UIF TERS fund ends

A queue of residents in Mamelodi can be seen outside the Municipal Offices waiting to be helped with their UIF claims, 1 July 2020, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Industries that are still closed during the lockdown are now on their own, as the department of labour seemingly has no further plans to aid those who continue to be left without income. The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) closed for new applications on Tuesday, 30 June, after three months of providing relief to employers and employees affected by the lockdown. Since Ters’ inception in April, about R26 billion had been paid out to approximately six million employees. The government reopened a list of economic activities when the country moved to level 3 of the lockdown...

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