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Covid-19 Lockdown: TERS-Funding: Why does it need to be so difficult?


From Neasa: According to the National Employers Association of SA’s (Neasa) latest survey, only 47% of employers that have applied for TERS benefits, have received it – or at least part of it.

However, this is just half the story. The enclosed letter perhaps explains why thousands of employers could not even manage to apply:

“… for your own information, it is my opinion from this experience that the UIF site and its processes are totally opaque. Its extremely inaccessible and very, very difficult to navigate. Both my wife and I hold university degrees (I was a teacher and headmaster and CEO of Chartered … – my wife holds a masters degree in mathematics and was a senior maths lecturer at …) – so we are not stupid people – we have some intellect and much experience in IT and systems – and we are unable to successfully navigate the system”.

Support for lockdown dissipating

Another survey conducted by Nease completed last week shows that only 18% of participants are currently supporting the lockdown.

The initial support for the lockdown was overwhelming. Since then, however:

• information is filtering through which points to government’s assessment and response to Covid-19 as being a spectacular blunder;
• instead of admitting their mistake, they are clinging to their adopted narrative, engaging in political ‘face saving’, political point scoring and internal powerplay, using Covid-19 as the playing field; and
• in the process, are destroying lives and livelihood.

Although the lockdown still has a 18% support, it will, in the days to come, rapidly approach 0%.

It is time for bold, honest and very strong leadership, says Neasa. “Those with ulterior motives need to be exposed. The political leadership may decide to continue to cultivate the current narrative, but that will result in an even more rapid erosion of trust.”