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Important: South Africa: Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme (TERS)

Dear Partners , 

We are aware that the below email is currently being circulated by the Department of Employment and Labour to employers.

TERS Email from Department of Employment and Labour

In the email they request a specific template (pipe delimited CSV file) from employers containing certain information in a specific format in order for the employer can apply for Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme (TERS).

There is uncertainty regarding some of the information required in the file which is not provided in the email layout.

For example:

  1. What remuneration must be reported? The actual UIF remuneration (if any) which the employee will be receiving during the lockdown period for the specific month, or the remuneration of the previous month which the employee received for a full month’s work etc.?
  2. How should the sector monthly minimum wage be reported/calculated if the sector has a minimum hourly wage or weekly wage? If no sector is applicable should it contain the national minimum wage, and if yes, how should the national minimum wage rate per hour be converted to a monthly wage?

Sage is currently investigating this with the required stakeholders to get clarification and more information on these and other questions.

Once we have more information, it will be communicated here on Sage City.