People heading to Zimbabwe queue at Beitbridge border post in Musina, South Africa. (Photo: Gallo Images / Sowetan / Sandile Ndlovu)
People heading to Zimbabwe queue up at Beitbridge border post in Musina, South Africa on 3 December 2015. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Sandile Ndlovu)

TENS of thousands of Zimbabweans based in South Africa have reportedly benefited from that country’s coronavirus (Covid-19) relief funds.

This comes after hundreds of Zimbabweans based in the neighbouring country have been trickling back home owing to challenges brought about by the pandemic.

Those returning have been quarantined at the country’s various centres as part of measures to contain the spread of the disease.

However, many have tested positive to the virus, resulting in the country’s confirmed cases shooting up.
According the Zimbabwe-Community in South Africa, the regional economic powerhouse offered Covid-19 relief to thousands of Zimbabweans.

“It has been brought to our attention that the (Unemployment Insurance Fund) UIF Commissioner has said that there is no policy that discriminates the payment of UIF funds to migrants registered and contributing to UIF.

“All due processing and verification of contributions are made without any discrimination to all beneficiaries of UIF,” said Zimbabwe-Community in South Africa spokesperson Bongani Mkwananzi.

“According to information given to us, the UIF has so far paid R434 million to migrants with 114 000 migrant workers having received this payout.

“Migrant workers who are yet to receive their payment or were rejected are advised to deal with their employer.
“If they do not find any recourse, they need to approach the nearest labour centre and submit their details (migrant worker details) and those of the employer.

“The Labour Centre will assist in resolving this matter.”-Daily News

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