Today the Employment and Labour Ministry announced an extension to the COVID-19 Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme benefit payouts to 15 August 2020.
Existing criteria remain the same and all valid applications already received will be processed. The Department is also considering closing the April, May and June applications at the end of July 2020.
“Following due diligence and consultation with the Unemployment Insurance Fund actuaries, and in line with the President's decision to extend the life of the Disaster Management Act until 15th August, we have taken the decision to similarly extend the Covid19 Ters benefit until 15th August 2020." Deputy Minister of Employment and Labour, Ms Boitumelo Moloi announced.
This comes as a welcome surprise in a difficult time.