Thousands of workers left without means to put food on the table during the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown have found some relief now that they can access Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) special benefits, even if their employers have not registered or paid contributions.

Employment & labour minister Thulas Nxesi on Monday amended a directive pertaining to the Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) to now allow workers to claim even where their employers did not register them for UIF, provide the required details, or pay the necessary contributions.

Ters, which is administered by the UIF, was a special benefit created by the minister to provide relief to those in formal employment anticipated to lose income as a result of the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown, which has wreaked havoc on SA’s economy.