How to get UIF benefits – step by step

Do you need to get unemployment insurance fund (UIF) benefits? We explain every requirement below. How to get UIF benefits – step by step:

First, let’s see if you qualify for the UIF (Unemployment Insurance Fund) benefits.

1) You paid to the UIF while you worked, but now your employer ENDED your SERVICES / TERMINATED YOUR CONTRACT early and you have not found another job in 14 days. You have to apply for the UIF benefits within 6 months from the starting date of your unemployment.
UIF Benefits include: up to 34 weeks (238 days) of un-employmend funds.

How to get UIF benefits when you lose your job – step by step:

When you apply (within 6 months), you will need

● Identification (ID card) must identify yourself
● your last six pay slips
● an official termination statement of your former employer to proves you are no longer employed – or seek advice if your former employer passed away
● copies or proof of your registration as a job seeker with the Department of Labour
● showing willingness and capability to work by filling in the application booklet.

Note: if you paid to the UIF while you worked but now you RESIGNED, been SUSPENDED or ABSCONDED from work, you will ONLY be allowed to claim from UIF, IF the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) decides the resignation was a constructive dismissal. You have to contact them, seek guidance and apply for the UIF benefits within 6 months from the starting date of your unemployment.

2) You paid into the UIF while you worked and now you are going on MATERNITY LEAVE during which time you will be receiving a lower amount than your normal wages. Apply within the allowed time frame.
UIF Benefits include: 17 weeks (121 days) maternity funds – or in the case of miscarriage you can claim for six weeks (42 days).

How to get UIF benefits when you loose your regular income because of maternity leave – step by step:

When you apply, you will need

● Identification (ID card)
● Your last six pay slips
● An official letter from your employer regarding your usual pay and the current pay situation.
● Proof of banking details.
● Completed medical certificate regarding your pregnancy and birth
● Fill in the application booklet.

3) You paid into the UIF while you worked and now you need to go on ILLNESS LEAVE which means you will be receiving less than your normal wages while you are on sick leave. Apply for illness benefits at your nearest labour centre if you are an employed contributor to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF)

How to get UIF benefits when you loose your regular income because of illness – step by step:

When you apply, you will need

● Identification (ID card)
● Proof that you have received less, or no, salary for 14 days due to illness – by means of your last six pay slips
● An official letter from your employer regarding your usual pay and the current pay
● In certain cases, a medical certificate will be required
● Proof of banking details and bank slips showing your pay in the sick period
● You must be willing to undergo medical treatment and fill in the application booklet.

4) You are paying as a contributor to Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and now you have LEGALLY ADOPTED a CHILD younger than two years of age (in terms of the Child Care Act). Looking after the child needs you to take leave from work and you are earning less than your normal wages while you are on adoption leave. Make sure to apply within the allowed time frame.
Please note: only one parent per child can apply for this benefit.

How to get UIF benefits when you loose your regular income because of legally adopting a child under 2 years of age – step by step:

When you apply, you will need

● Identification (ID card)
● Your last six pay slips
● An official letter from your employer regarding your usual pay and the current pay during your time away from work to look after your adopted child
● Proof of banking details and bank slips
● Order of adoption
● Copy of the child’s birth certificate
● Fill in the application booklet

5) Your spouse, life partner, parent or guardian was a contributor to Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), supported you financially but has sadly passed away.

Apply for DEPENDENTS BENEFITS at UIF within the first 6 months of the contributor’s death. If your surviving parent did not apply within the 6 months period, you may apply for this benefit during the first 14 days following the end of your parent’s 6 month application period, IF:

  • You are under 21 years of age, or
  • You are a student learner under 25 years of age.
    UIF Benefits include: The spouse of the deceased can apply and claim for the benefit even while/if he or she is employed.

How to get UIF dependents benefits when you loose your financial support because the breadwinner passed away – step by step:

When you apply, you will need

● Personal Identification (ID card)
● Identification of the person that passed away (ID card)
● The deceased person’s last 6 pay slips
● A formal letter and statement by the deceased person’s former employer
● A certified copy of the marriage certificate if you were married
● A proof of guardianship such as a certified copy of the birth certificate if you are the child
● Proof of learner status IF you are a child and student over 25
● A completed medical / death certificate
● Proof of banking details
● Fill in the application booklet

Read through the list below carefully. The following reasons DISqualify you for UIF benefits:

  • you resign from your job
  • you did not arrive and report at the times and dates given by the claims officer
  • you will not go for employment training and vocational counselling – without just reason
  • you receive a monthly government pension
  • you already receive payment from the Compensation Fund for illness or injuries
  • you already receive benefits from any scheme established by the Labour Relations Act
  • you are not complying with the provisions of the Act

To SUCCESSFULLY Apply for UIF, Remember:

● Keep your 13-digit RSA-bar coded Identity Document (ID) / passport safe. To be extra safe, make copies and get the copies certified. To certify copies, take the copy and ID card to your police station and ask them to certify stamp
● Let the claims officer know immediately if you find or resume work during the period that you are receiving UIF benefits because it is illegal to work and draw benefits at the same time
● Ensure that you report at the date and time stipulated by the claims officer
● Only provide honest statements
● Apply for benefits within the allowed time frame
● Cooperate to undergo training and vocational counseling for employment

DEPARTMENT of LABOUR OFFICES in each PROVINCE of SOUTH AFRICA.

  • Apply for UIF benefits at the EASTERN CAPE office. Street Address: Department of Labour (Eastern Cape, 3 Hill Street, East London, 5201 Operating Hours: 07:30 to 16:00, Monday to Friday
  • Apply for UIF benefits at the FREE STATE office. Street Address: Department of Labour (Free State), Laboria House, 43 Charlotte Maxeke Street, Bloemfontein Operating Hours: 07:30 to 16:00, Monday to Friday
  • Apply for UIF benefits at the GAUTENG office. Street Address: Department of Labour (Gauteng South), 77 de Korte Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg Operating Hours: 07:30 to 16:00, Monday to Friday
  • Apply for UIF benefits at the KWAZULU-NATAL office. Street Address: Department of Labour (KwaZulu-Natal), 267 Anton Lembede (Smith Street), Royal Operating Hours: 07:30 to 16:00, Monday to Friday
  • Apply for UIF benefits at the LIMPOPO office. Street Address: Department of Labour (Limpopo), 42A Schoeman Street, Polokwane Operating Hours: 07:30 to 16:00, Monday to Friday
  • Apply for UIF benefits at the MPUMALANGA office. Street Address: Department of Labour (Mpumalanga), Labour Building, Cnr Hofmeyer Street and Beatty Avenue, Witbank Operating Hours: 07:30 to 16:00, Monday to Friday
  • Apply for UIF benefits at the NORTH WEST office. Street Address: Department of Labour (North West), 2nd Floor, Provident Operating Hours: 07:30 to 16:00, Monday to Friday
  • Apply for UIF benefits at the NORTHERN CAPE office. Street Address: Department of Labour (Northern Cape), Cnr Compound and Pniel Road, Kimberley Operating Hours: 07:30 to 16:00, Monday to Friday
  • Apply for UIF benefits at the WESTERN CAPE office. Street Address: Department of Labour (Western Cape), 4th – 6th Floors, West Bank Building, Cnr Riebeeck and Long Streets, Cape Town Operating Hours: 07:30 to 16:00, Monday to Friday

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