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Does UIF expire?

Does the right to claim a UIF dependants’ benefit expire?


hi I’m Thobile my dad died in 2012 n we r 3 beneficiaries we got paid for his provident fund what I would like to know is that can we still claim for his uif or his wife has the ryt since he was married to him or can we as his children do it and I would also like to know if is it to late to claim for the uif.


Thobile, Unfortunately, the right to claim the UIF dependants’ benefit expires six months after the deceased’s passing.

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Does UIF pay lump sum?

How much will you get paid when you claim UIF?

These two sites have a UIF calculator:



The Department of Labour takes 2 criteria into consideration:

  • your salary over the last 4 years, and
  • your UIF contributions over the last 4 years

I entered information for someone earning R15 000 who has been working and contributing for the maximum period of 4 years and who is going on maternity leave.

The total that this lady will get paid is R22 000.

This should be paid in four monthly payments of about R5 500 per month.

In reality, the Department of Labour takes up to 8 weeks to approve your claim, so the first payment will be for 2 months (about R11 000) and then followed by 2 more monthly payments of R5 500 each. The above payment examples are estimates and close, but the Department makes the final calculation.

Remember that you no longer qualify for UIF if you start working.

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What is the maximum UIF payment?

UIF is calculated as 2% of an employee’s remuneration for UIF purposes, split evenly between the employee and employer, i.e. 1% contributed by the employee and 1% contributed by the employer. 

Remuneration for UIF purposes is the employee’s remuneration, less certain exclusions such as commission, and is subject to a monthly income cap of R14 872. The maximum UIF contribution for each party is, therefore, R148.72 a month (R297.44 in total). For employees who are paid at more regular intervals (e.g. weekly), this cap will be apportioned across their pay periods – this may lead to slightly lower UIF contributions in the last pay period of the month.

The total UIF contribution (employee + employer) must be paid monthly based on the amounts contained in the EMP201 and UI-19.

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