During the period of lockdown employers are encouraged to continue to pay employees, but where this is not economically possible, a special benefit has been created under the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) to assist with wage payments.

The relief measure applies where there is a reduction in work following a temporary closure of a business operation, whether total or partial for the period of the COVID-19 national disaster.


From 25 March 2020 and will remain in operation until 15 August 2020 or until withdrawn, whichever comes first.


  • The company must be registered with the UIF
  • The company must comply with the application procedure for the financial relief scheme
  • The company’s closure must be directly linked to the COVID-19 pandemic


and complete the registration form in order to get your UIF Reference Number which you need to apply online.

To get the information you need to apply online send a blank email to covid19ters@labour.gov.za


  • A bank confirmation letter in PDF format
  • You need to upload a CSV file with your employee information or you can upload the information manually one employee at a time.
  • When you complete the application you will need to accept (electronically) the Letter of Agreement Terms & Conditions and the Memorandum of Agreement Terms & Conditions.


to log in and complete your application


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