THE Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) is coming to Qwaqwa.In response to the government’s resolve that all state departments should ensure that they bring services closer to the people, they saw fit to organise and host a series of outreach programmes which are aimed at reaching out to their clients, those in far-flung areas in particular. Coming hot on the heels of the campaign will be the Public Employment Services Employer and Exhibition Campaigns, which will take place on 27 and 28 July in Phuthaditjhaba. These two intertwined events are planned for 10:00 until 16:00.These campaigns are aimed at galvanising community members, and workers in particular, to learn more about the UIF, its services and the benefits thereof. Through the mobile computer systems of the department, workers having challenges with payments of benefits and/or any other UIF-related issues are instantly assisted at these events.As part of this series of events, the Department of Labour’s (DoL) UIF hosted a community outreach programme in Sasolburg recently. This event was held at the Sasolburg Mall. A delegation of the UIF’s Free State provincial office, led by Tahlo Sebatane, who is acting head of the UIF in the province, was also in attendance to oversee the processes as they unfolded. “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 services 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,” Sebatane said.Members of the public were afforded the opportunity to be advised on UIF matters, to check if they were registered with the fund and to check how far their claims and applications for benefits were. All of these were done right at the mall. “Our campaign will now be moving to Phuthaditjhaba, Qwaqwa, and will take place on 29 July. It is critically important to note that all other branches of the Department of Labour, such as Public Employment Services, Inspection and Enforcement Services, as well as the Compensation Fund, will be represented. We therefore call upon all clients with matters relating to any of those branches to come and enquire about such,” explained Sebatane.Established in terms of Section 4 (1) of the Unemployment Insurance Act, 36 of 2001 as amended, the UIF cushions the blow for the unemployed for a period not exceeding nine months. By doing so, it alleviates the harmful economic and social effects of unemployment.