UIF illness benefits


The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has been established to provide short-term relief to workers, subject to certain conditions, when they become unemployed or are unable to work because of illness, maternity, adoption leave and also to provide relief to the dependants of the deceased contributors.

Benefit types

The UIF offers the following benefit types:

• Unemployment benefits
Maternity benefits
• Illness benefits
• Adoption benefits
• Death (dependants) benefits.

Illness benefits

  • Application for benefits must be made within 6 months of the date that the worker ceases to work because of illness.
  • Benefits are paid as from the date on which the worker ceases to work because of illness.
  • A medical certificate should be submitted to support that the worker stopped working due to illness.
  • The benefit that is payable is the difference between what the employer pays and the rate that is prescribed in the benefit schedule when taking into account the amount paid by the employer and the amount prescribed in the benefit schedule. The total amount received should not exceed 100% of the normal remuneration that the person would have received if she/he remained in employment.
  • Benefits are only payable in respect of periods of illness lasting longer than 14 days.
  • Subject to credit days, benefits can be paid to a maximum of 238 days in any period of 4 years.

Documents required when claiming illness benefits

  • 13-digit bar coded RSA ID or 13-digit bar coded passport
  • Banking details UI -2.8
  • UI -19 form (if applicable)
  • A completed UI -2.7 form (if applicable)
  • Doctor’s medical certificate
  • Follow-up form UI -3 will be issued.

For more information on these benefits please call the UIF Call Centre on 012 337 1680 or visit the Department of Labour website at www.labour.gov.za.

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