Can I claim maternity benefits from the UIF? It depends. Here's what you need to know

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If successful, you will receive 66% of your salary per month. (jacoblund/Getty Images)
If successful, you will receive 66% of your salary per month. (jacoblund/Getty Images)

While the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) is better known for providing temporary financial assistance in the event of unemployment; from dismissal to retrenchment, or expired contract work, however, the fund also makes provision in other circumstances.

This includes compensation when a person is unable to work due to illness or to family members in the event of the death of a breadwinner. 

Parents taking adoption or maternity leave may also apply for UIF benefits. 

Do I qualify to apply for maternity leave? 

According to, you qualify for maternity benefits when: 

  • You have been employed for a minimum of 13 weeks
  • You receive a reduced salary while on maternity leave

Also read: Is being pregnant so expensive that it validates a maternity support grant? 

The application process 

To apply, you can visit your local labour centre. Applications may also be made online

You may apply as soon as you go on maternity leave and your salary is reduced or within the twelve month period after your baby's birth. 

Mothers who have suffered a miscarriage or stillbirth may still apply. 

You will need the following documentation: 

  • Your ID or passport
  • Copies of six recent payslips 
  • Your banking details completed on form UI-2.8 
  • Form UI-19 - to be completed by your employer 
  • Form UI-2.7 to be completed by your employer 
  • Form UI-2.3 - the application form 
  • A doctor's note or birth certificate (if applying post-birth) 
  • Form UI-4  - the follow-up form 

Once registered, you will receive another form (form UF92), which your doctor will complete. This will need to be submitted to the Labour Office you approached when you first applied. 


If successful, you will receive 66% of your salary per month and must provide proof of leave on a monthly basis to continue receiving the payment. 

According to the 

  • At most, you will receive maternity benefits for up to 121 days 
  • If you suffered a miscarriage or stillbirth, you may receive benefits for up to 121 days

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