UIF brings ser­vice to ex-minework­ers

Vuk'uzenzele - - Yoguetnhefroaclus - More Mat­shediso

For­mer minework­ers from across Le­jweleputswa Dis­trict and neigh­bour­ing towns in the Free State are given a chance this month to claim for their Un­em­ploy­ment In­sur­ance Fund (UIF) ben­e­fits at their doorstep.

This is made pos­si­ble by a month-long cam­paign for the pay­ment of ben­e­fits to for­mer minework­ers spear­headed by the Depart­ment of Labour and the UIF.

Le­jweleputswa Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity is the min­ing hub of the prov­ince and a large num­ber of peo­ple from other parts of the Free State and neigh­bour­ing Le­sotho flood the mu­nic­i­pal­ity in search of jobs.

Thebe Matl­hak­wane (59) is a for­mer mineworker from Melod­ing in Vir­ginia who sub­mit­ted his claim on the first day of the cam­paign.

He worked for a min­ing com­pany in Le­jweleputswa be­tween 1986 and 1996. Matl­hak­wane said work­ing in the mines was dif­fi­cult es­pe­cially since black peo­ple had lim­ited op­por­tu­ni­ties be­cause they lacked ed­u­ca­tion.

Matl­hak­wane said he has been strug­gling to claim for his UIF ben­e­fits be­cause he stays far from the Depart­ment of Labour’s of­fices.

“I am happy that the depart­ment’s of­fi­cials made time to visit our towns,” he said.

It took him about 20 min­utes to com­plete his sub­mis­sion. The pro­vin­cial Depart­ment of Labour spokesper­son Josial Ramokoena said UIF of­fi­cials will be as­sist­ing claimants from 1 Au­gust un­til the end of the month in a num­ber of towns in and around the dis­trict.

He said the plan is to en­sure that the of­fi­cials take ap­pli­ca­tions from el­i­gi­ble claimants who are yet to claim their UIF ben­e­fits.

“The claims are for un­em­ploy­ment ben­e­fits which were not paid to the ex-minework­ers due to rea­sons be­yond their con­trol,” he ex­plained.

“This spe­cial project is only ear­marked for ex-minework­ers who left their em­ploy­ment prior to April 2001,” he added.

The doc­u­ments that are re­cieved in­clude a stamped ref­er­ence book (old iden­tity doc­u­ment), em­ployer cards or mine ID card (Makhu­luskop), pay slips, old blue cards, record of ser­vice, Teba bank record or IRP5.

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