Apply for Unemployment Insurance fund (UIF)-Covid-19 Relief Benefit for South Africans

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Apply for Unemployment Insurance fund (UIF)-Covid-19 Relief Benefit for South Africans

A special UIF benefit to pay employees that are not being paid or are being paid less as a result of COVID-19

Who can apply for the COVID-19 Relief Benefit

  • Any UIF contributing business facing distress, unable to pay salaries as a result of the lock
    down period; and
  • Any employee who is a contributor (works more than 24 hours a month) and there is an
    employer and employee relationship.

Application Procedure

  1. Step 1 Go to and register. If you need to find your UIF number click “Get Your UIF Reference Number”
  2. Log in and complete the following info:
    1. Complete all company info
    2. Accept the Memorandum of Agreement Terms and Conditions*
    3. Accept the Letter of Agreement Terms and Conditions*
    4. Upload a bank confirmation letter in PDF format**
    5. Upload your employees manually one-by-one
    6. If you are doing bulk uploads send a blank email to to get the Excel spreadsheet that you need to complete and save as a CSV file. (instructions on how to save as a CSV file are at the bottom of this document).

Click here to download Application Procedure files

The following Documents and information must be made available:

  • UIF Reference number
    Each company has 1 UIF number for all employees (it is 9 characters 1234567/9) which you can get by clicking “Get Your UIF Reference Number” button on the home page
  • “Shutdown from” and “Shutdown to” dates ?
    This is the date that your staff stopped working (27th March) till the 30th April. May 2020 applications will open shortly so check website for more info.
  • PAYE Number
    This is a 10 digit number starting with U or a 7
  • Renumeration received monthly
    This is the gross salary (the total you pay before tax) per employee
  • Employment end date
    Put a zero (0) because the employee is not being terminated
  • Sector Minimum wage per month
    You can use the National Minimum Wage
  • Renumeration received during lockdown period
    The amount of money you’re paying employees during lockdown
  • Account details
    You can put your employees bank details or yours if you pay them in cash

Manual uploads are more likely to be accepted CSV submissions are for bulk uploads only

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