Relief scheme established for destroyed, affected or looted workplaces

On 10 August 2021, the South African Minister of Employment and Labour, TW Nxesi, gazetted Regulations which established a temporary financial relief scheme for workers who have lost income due to the partial or full closure of workplaces destroyed, damaged, looted or otherwise affected by the recent unrest.  An employer who had to close its business due to the unrest must apply for temporary financial relief for, and on behalf of, its affected employees by reporting the closure of the workplace as a result of the unrest in accordance with the UIF’s application procedure.
To do so, the employer must satisfy the following requirements:

  • It must be registered with the UIF; 
  • Its closure must be directly linked to the destruction, damage or looting of its workplace;
  • It must confirm, in writing or electronically, that it accepts the terms of the scheme;
  • It must provide details of the destruction or damage to, or the looting of, its workplace and submit documentary proof of a report to the South African Police Services and proof that a case has been opened with a case number; and
  • If insured, the employer should also submit proof of submission and acknowledgement of receipt of the insurance claim.

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