AS the registration of ex-mineworkers for unclaimed benefits by the Department of Labour and its entity, the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), gains momentum in the country, the Department has received reports that there are people operating in the province targeting ex-mineworkers with a promise of assisting them with their claims for a fee.
“As the Department of Labour we would like to warn our people against these suspicious criminal acst and we urge them to wait for the campaign to be publicised and reach their towns and respective areas, We have no relationship with any forum or agent purporting to act as middlemen for application intended for unclaimed benefits. We distance ourselves from such acts and urge our people to report those people at their nearest Police,” said Acting Chief Director: Provincial Operations, Emily Maneli.
The campaign is aimed at ex-mineworkers who left employment in the mines prior to 01 April 2002.This category of workers is further urged to make applications for unclaimed benefits from the UIF. All ex-mineworkers who left their employment after that date will be assessed in line with the Unemployment Insurance Act of 2001 (as Amended).
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The Department of Labour as the agent charged with responsibility of tracing and paying these ex-mine-workers, urges all potential applicants to bring along the following documents for verification, an Identity document
Access card (from previous mine employer), IRP 5 (from the previous mine employer), Old Blue card, Previous salary advice or any proof of mine employment (including “Makhulu’s kop” card, Dompas or TEBA record).
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