Johannesburg – The Minister of employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi, has announced the extension of the Covid-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) benefits until the end of the national state of disaster.
The announcement was confirmed in a notice published in the government gazette.
This is an encouraging announcement, however, the Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) must still confirm whether it will be able to fund such an extension.
The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) will continue to receive new TERS application for March-July 2020 periods until 15 September 2020.
The UIF will not be accepting application for the periods after this date.
New TERS applications for the August-15 September 2020 period will close on 30 October 2020. No application will be accepted after this date.
The extension of Covid-19 TERS benefits the release of a report on TERS by the Auditor-General of South Africa (AGSA).
The report is said to deal with the findings of the AGSA on the audited TERS claims for April and May amounting to R28-billion with findings pointing to a lack of verification and controls in the processing of TERS claims.
The temporary suspension is underway to assist the DEL and the UIF to address relevant concerns and to ensure that proper controls are in place before any further TERS payments are made.