Covid-19: More than R275 million paid out to unemployed workers, including foreign nationals

4 June 2020

UIF Commissioner Teboho Maruping said that over 88 000 foreign nationals have received UIF payments, however, these payments might take longer because of ‘multi-layered processes to capture their information’.

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) paid out over R275 million to unemployed workers on 1 June.

A statement released by the Department of Employment and Labour said that the Unemployment Insurance Fund continues to make a difference to millions of lives with its payments of billions of rand, not only to South African workers but also to foreign national workers who have made this country their home and are part of its economy.

UIF commissioner Teboho Maruping said that the fund paid an amount of R 275 139 235 to 11 637 employers with over 65 000 foreign national workers standing to benefit. “This is in addition to 23 000 paid last week. In total, 88 823 foreign national workers have been paid to the tune of R375 139 235,” said Maruping

Maruping said for as long as foreign national workers and their employers have contributed to the UIF, there is no way they can be excluded from benefiting.

“So, any talk that suggests an unwillingness to pay these benefits to our brothers and sisters who have found a home in this country and are part and parcel of our economy is devoid of truth. We will not allow that and we are committed to the spirit and letter of the constitution, which guarantees equality to all who live in the country.”

“Generally, UIF uses the ID number to capture information and process payment. In this particular case, passport numbers are used and these have to be verified through interaction with sister institutions like the Department of Home Affairs, and at times with the South African Revenue Services (Sars).

“Clearly, with such processes involved, it is likely that there would be some delays but the minister has instructed the UIF to ensure that these delays are minimised or shortened tremendously.”

To speed up the processes, the UIF has appealed to employers and bargaining councils who are applying on behalf of their workers to ensure that the following details are supplied when applying:

  • Name and surname
  • ID, passport number or work permit number or any other method of identification
  • Proof of how the employee was declared at UIF and/or Sars
  • Three months’ bank statements showing payment of salary to that staff member
  • With all these information supplied, the UIF will ensure that no further delays are occasioned for any worker. The statement said that the UIF has been increasing the pace of payments with disbursements in 24 hours at best where all the relevant information is attached and at worst, in 48 hours.

So far, the UIF has paid a total of over R17 billion for the benefit of 3 465 315 workers. This amount includes the money that has been paid for some May applications which opened late last week.

For further information, log on to our website or reach the UIF on the toll-free number 0800 030 007.

Source: Midrand Reporter at