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UIFThe Citizen reports that according to Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) Minister Thulas Nxesi, 14,113 domestic workers have benefitted from the special Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) lockdown benefit to the extent of R55,572,870.  

This has brought the total amount the department has distributed since 16 April to R13.3 billion in respect of 2,401,973 workers.  Last week Nxesi announced that a private company, Interfile, had agreed to join forces with the DEL to help trace domestic workers through cellphone numbers and other forms of communication to ensure that they received their necessary benefit.  As a result, 10,092 employers lodged claims on behalf of their domestic workers.  “We need more employers of domestic workers to apply on their behalf so that they benefit from the relief scheme that government availed to ensure that we mitigate the worst effects of the lockdown,” said Nxesi.  The UIF has also ensured that, where possible, workers are being paid directly.  The DEL is currently engaged in going through its database to reach out to farmworkers.  But, Nxesi expressed concern as over R2 billion that could possibly benefit 535,587 workers remained unpaid as the UIF was awaiting further particulars from 74,401 employers.

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