UIF resumes the campaign of processing and paying unemployment benefits to former teaching assistants in KZN

UIF resumes the campaign of processing and paying unemployment benefits to former teaching assistants in KZN

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has begun its processing and payment of unemployment benefits to former teaching and general assistants in KwaZulu-Natal.

In November 2022, the campaign began in the Amajuba District Municipality, where the Fund provided R7.7 million to 1,746 former educator assistants and general assistants.

In December 2022, the campaign reached eThekwini, when the Fund paid R28.8 million to 6,204 people. To far, R36,500,000 has been paid to 7,950 clients.

From 9 January to 20 January 2023, the Fund will process and pay claims as follows in the Zululand District Municipality:

  • 9-10 January 2023: Nuwe Republiek Primary School Vryheid.
  • 11-12 January 2023: Masibumbane High School in Ulundi.
  • 13, 16 and 17 January 2023: Bhekuzulu High School in Nongoma.
  • 18-19 January 2023: Pongola Akademie.
  • 20 January 2023: Paulpietersburg Primary School.

“Clients are urged to bring along their Identity or valid Passport Documents, a fully charged smartphone with data, and proof of account (banking details),” said the department of Employment and Labour in a statement.

Former educator aides were hired as part of the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative (PYEI), which was implemented as the Basic Education Employment Initiative (BEEI) in all nine provinces in an effort to eradicate youth unemployment.

The former workers qualified for unemployment insurance payments from the UIF after their contracts expired.

“Due to the large volume of claims anticipated and to prevent long queues at Labour Centres, the UIF team in KwaZulu-Natal met with the Provincial Department of Education in Amajuba and agreed on a consolidated approach. This included the department availing venues while the Fund confirms the compliance of the former workers in terms of their employment history, declarations, and contributions.

“The UIF in KwaZulu-Natal will be rolling out the project to other parts of the province and will announce dates and details in due course via its social media platforms and the media,” the department said.

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