The Labour Department has released a statement rubbishing a report by local media, which allegedly claimed that it has extended the COVID-19 TERS grant payout to mid-November 2020.
The Department of Employment and Labour released a statement on Thursday, 15 October 2020, endorsed by Minister Thulas Nxesi, rubbishing a narrative being populated. The statement addressed a report by local media, which alleged that the minister announced an extension of the COVID-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) payout period.
According to the report, the relief payouts would continue until mid-November 2020. However, the official statement has dismissed the article in question as false news. Moreover, it stated that if there was ever an intention to extend the payout period, it “would be made only after extensive engagement with government, the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC), and the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) itself.”
As previously stated on Twitter, the last month for claims from the COVID-19 TERS is September 2020, with the public having until Friday, 30 October 2020, to submit their claims.
See the post below.
[STATEMENT] Minister of Employment and Labour’s response to the false IOL Article on the extension of UIF TERS benefit. #COVID19TERS @NxesiThulas
Full statement: https://t.co/r16oKdxvxZ pic.twitter.com/7pg5emgUIM
— Department of Employment and Labour (@deptoflabour) October 15, 2020