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The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the world’s people. Millions have been infected by the virus and billions of workers’ livelihoods and lives have been negatively impacted upon.

The pandemic has had a severe and disruptive effect on people’s lives including their livelihoods, job-security and social lives. Governments the world over have responded with financial relief to companies and workers. In South Africa, the government implemented the Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS). Meanwhile over 2-million jobs have been lost due to the economic crisis, made worse by the pandemic.

In this show we look at the benefits available to workers and the challenges that they face in accessing them, as well as the problems experienced by the Department of Labour and Employment with UIF and COIDA payments.