Fund reaches out

2016-07-20 06:00

THE Labour Department in the Free State is conducting a roadshow to inform the public and the workers about the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF). The outreach campaign began in Sasolburg on Thursday (14/07), reaching no less than 150 people, Josial Ramokoena, spokesperson for the provincial department, said.

“These campaigns are aimed at galvanising community members and workers in particular to learn more about the UIF, its services and the benefits thereof,” he said.

Mokoena said that during the campaign members of the public were advised on UIF matters, got to check if they were registered with the fund or not and to follow up on the progress of their claims and applications for benefits.

Tahlo Sebatane, UIF manager in the Free State, said the outreach campaign had been undertaken because it had proven effective in reaching people and educating them about the significance of making sure that they were registered with the UIF fund. “We have realised over the years that there is no better way to interact, engage and assist our clients than through a face-to-face personal interaction.

“Thus we have resolved to embark on campaigns of this nature to ensure that we reach the length and breadth of our province in a quest to deliver quality service to our clientele effectively and efficiently. We therefore call upon all our clients to seize this opportunity, embrace it and attend these outreach campaigns in their numbers,” he said.

Sebatane said the importance of the campaign was the fact that all other branches and units of the Department of Labour, such as Public Employment Services and Inspection and Enforcement Services, as well as the Compensation Fund, were also part of the campaign.

The UIF campaign will be conducted in Phuthaditjhaba, Qwaqwa, from 27 to 29 July from 10:00 until 16:00.

Sebatane said the UIF campaign forms part of the government’s commitment to serve the public and to take services to the community.

These campaigns are aimed at galvanising community members and workers in particular, to learn more about the UIF.

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