“Sooner or later the UIF will run out of funds. It is a concern on which we and the executives engage.”
Concerning long queues at labour department offices across the country, worsened during the pandemic due to large-scale retrenchments, officials said there had been several interventions, including bolstering channels to accept applications such as emails, drop boxes, online platforms such as U-filing, the UIF app used to receive applications, payment requests and general enquiries.
Despite various challenges, the fund had used its experiences dealing with fraud to streamline its processes to make it harder to defraud the system and become more risk conscious.
Maruping, who described snaking queues as “unacceptable”, said he expected them to become shorter in the near future. Officials also denied they were turning people away or had introduced daily quotas.
The department also reported that of 2,428 employers that were inspected for compliance with the UIF in the Western Cape, about 1,195 were found to be compliant and 257 were referred for prosecution.
Of a total of 30,252 inspections done in the province pertaining to employment equity, UIF and basic minimum wages, 8,809 were found compliant and 804 were referred for prosecution.