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Nxesi welcomes findings on improved COVID-19 TERS controls

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Labour Minister, Thulas Nxesi has welcomed the acknowledgement by the AG of the improvement in controls for payments of the COVID-19 TERS claims.

Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi, on Friday, 11 December 2020, circulated a statement acknowledging the Auditor-General’s (AG) report on the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and COVID-19 TERS claims. The report acknowledged the UIF as one of the state-owned entities that had improved its controls relating to payouts.

Nxesi was quoted as stating, “We also welcomed the intervention of the AG, whose team has helped us identify control gaps and in the main, these have been fixed. I congratulate the staff who have worked hard, under extreme pressure, for rising to the occasion and turning a sore point into a positive step, with regard to our disbursements.”

One of the UIF’s efforts to improve controls and reduce fraud was the door-to-door inspections. This past month, the fund announced the ongoing door-to-door inspection of companies that have claimed from the COVID-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (TERS). The statement claimed that the department has already recouped an estimated R3.5 billion in fraudulent claims.

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