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southafricalogoHuffPost reports about complaints on the part of a number of Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) claimants about nonpayment of their benefit money.  

Many South Africans are caught between jobs at times, or take maternity leave and have to depend on money from the UIF to survive while they do not have a stable income.  However, Lelani van der Westhuizen said the labour department put her through immense stress when she was unable to access money from the UIF, despite qualifying for payments.  One year and five months later, she still hasn't received any money –– or even any communication.  "UIF is a scam, and we should not pay it, as it does not do anything for you," she wrote angrily on Facebook.  Ane Cromhout is another victim of government non-delivery, in her case in respect of maternity leave.  Two years later, she still has not received the payment.  It took her about a year to pay off the debt from having no income for four months.  But, Makhosonke Buthelezi of the Department of Labour (DOL) claimed that they cannot be solely blamed for delays.  "The main cause is noncompliance by employers.  While they pay UIF, they fail to submit the employment information every month as required by law.  This results in UIF officials having to follow up with employers to get the information, thus causing delays."  He expects things to improve with the new Unemployment Amendment Act.

  • Read this report by Queenin Masuabi in full at HuffPost

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