According to The South African, any worker whose employer failed to register them or contribute to the UIF will now be eligible for relief funding.
Thulas Nxesi, Minister of Labour published a new directive on 26 May that allows for employees to apply for funding themselves during the lockdown.
This new directive includes anyone who is a contributor to the UIF, or someone who had circumstances beyond their control and therefor did not qualify.
Those workers can now apply for UIF relief themselves, rather than rely on their employers.
An employee as defined in the Unemployment Act who should have received benefits under this directive but for circumstances beyond that employee’s control, namely that the employer failed to:
This new directive means that thousands of those whose employers had not contributed to the fund or registered them, will be able to receive desperately needed relief.
Source: The South African