Johannesburg – The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has confirmed that Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) payments will start on Monday.
This after the latest suspension on 11 September.
In a statement issued on Saturday, acting UIF commissioner Marsha Bronkhorst explained that payments for April, May and June will be issued on Monday and Tuesday, thereafter it plans to run payments for 1 July to 15 August from Wednesday to Saturday.
“We are aware that many workers around the country have been placed on a back foot as a result of the need to ensure that our systems stand up to scrutiny and we close the gaps identified by the Auditor General.
“While the inconvenience was greatly regretted, we are pleased that we have turned things around in what we believe is quick time and our systems are ready to make a difference in the lives of the workers again,” Bronkhorst said.
Ters payouts have been marred with controversy and inconsistency, and payments had to be suspended a number of times.
On 2 September, auditor-general Kimi Makwetu released the first in a series of Covid-19 audits, to track government’s financial management of its response to the virus.
Following Makwetu’s scathing findings, labour minister Thulas Nxesi announced the suspension of UIF commissioner Teboho Maruping, as well as the UIF’s CFO, COO and head of the supply chain, and the director general of the employment and labour department.
So far, R42million in Ters payments have been delivered to workers.