UIF data-free mobile serive

The UIF will launch a data-free mobile service this year to improve services. Image: Supplied

A data-free mobile system on the cards for UIF

The UIF will launch a data-free mobile service to improve services.

UIF data-free mobile serive

The UIF will launch a data-free mobile service this year to improve services. Image: Supplied

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) says it will launch a new data-free mobile application (APP) in 2023 to improve service delivery to clients and stakeholders.


In a statement issued on Wednesday 18 January 2023, the UIF Commissioner Teboho Maruping said they will continue paying claims to qualifying clients and their beneficiaries as efficiently as possible.

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“We will also be enhancing our information and communication technology systems and launching a data-free mobile APP, a free USSD system, and a few other platforms to improve service delivery to our clients and stakeholders.”

Teboho Maruping


Maruping said the UIF will make announcements on the mobile-data APP and other developments in due course.

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Maruping said the UIF paid out over R1 billion to workers in December 2022.

The UIF said it has processed and paid out over R1 billion in benefits to beneficiaries countrywide in December 2022.

The Department of Labour said they paid the R1 billion to a total of 225 646 beneficiaries.

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The R1 billion benefit pay-out was as follows:

  • Unemployment benefits – R876 million
  • Maternity and Parental benefits – R88 million
  • Dependents Benefits – R32 million
  • Illness Benefits – R24 million

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“I am very pleased that we were able to disburse the R1 billion to so many of our clients during the busy December period,” Maruping said.

“I have no doubt that this R1 billion payout in benefits went a long way towards purchasing stationery and uniforms for children at the beginning of the new year as schools reopened around the country.”

Teboho Maruping

The department of Labour said since the inception of the special Covid-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (Covid-19 Ters) in March 2020 during the first lockdown; the fund has disbursed R62 billion to at least 5 million workers to date.

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The UIF has also paid R21 million to 6404 workers who lost income due to the July 2021 unrest.

This temporary financial relief scheme was established to assist these workers.