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UIF South Africa Chapter 1: Introductory provisions 

2. Purpose of this Act

The purpose of this Act (UIF) is to establish an unemployment insurance fund to which employers and employees contribute and from which employees who become unemployed or their beneficiaries, as the case may be, are entitled to benefits and in so doing to alleviate the harmful economic and social effects of unemployment.

3. Application of this Act

(1) This Act applies to all employers and employees, other than—

(a) employees employed for less than 24 hours a month with a particular employer, and their employers;

(b) employees under a contract of employment contemplated in section 18(2) of the Skills Development Act, 1998 (Act No. 97 of 1998), and their employers;

(c) employees in the national and provincial spheres of government who are officers or employees as defined in section 1(1) of the Public Service Act, 1994 (Proclamation No. 103 of 1994), and their employers;

(d) persons who enter the Republic for the purpose of carrying out a contract of service, apprenticeship or learnership within the Republic if upon the termination thereof the employer is required by law or by the contract of service, apprenticeship or learnership, as the case may be, or by any other agreement or undertaking, to repatriate that person, or that person is so required to leave the Republic, and their employers; and

(e) persons who receive a monthly pension as contemplated in section 14(a)(i) and their employers.

Amended Unemployment Insurance (UIF) Act

Unemployment Insurance Act (No. 63 of 2001 )
as amended by the
Amendment – Unemployment Insurance Act

Summary: To establish the Unemployment Insurance Fund; to provide for the payment from the Fund of unemployment benefits to certain employees, and for the payment of illness, maternity, adoption and dependant?s benefits related to the unemployment of such employees; to provide for the establishment of the Unemployment Insurance Board, the functions of the Board and the designation of the Unemployment Insurance Commissioner; and to provide for matters connected therewith.

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