How to Claim UIF – The Free Guide

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What’s in the guide?

  • Up-to-date correct info
  • Step by step instructions
  • Help with forms/docs
  • Get it right, first time!
  • 100% FREE

Use it to avoid

  • Repeat trips & queues
  • Wasting money
  • Delayed payment

Fast Track Your UIF Claims

Longe queue at Labour Department

Avoid standing in long queues like this unnecessarily

Claiming UIF benefits isn’t easy and you may end up wasting time and money if you don’t come prepared. After my bad experience claiming UIF (with multiple return trips), I decided to compile a guide to help others get their application right first time. The handy guide has all the updated info, UIF forms and detailed descriptions on what you need to do to claim your UIF. All you need to do is fill in your email address and I’ll send you the complete guide for free, right now!

P.S. If you’re unsure whether UIF is worth it try my UIF Payments Calculator. It will show you how much you can expect to receive if your claim is successful.

P.P.S Once you’re done submitting your claim try find a new job on Employable

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48 Comments » for How to Claim UIF – The Free Guide
  1. Rinna - Thank YOU!! says:

    Thank you so much for this info! Your guide literally saved me hours of waiting time!!!

    Cheers – Rinna

  2. Tomas says:

    Some other site is charging R 125 for a similar guide…thanks for compiling this for free:)

  3. Samantha says:

    Information was very useful – thanks.

  4. Cynthia says:

    I have not been employed for a whole year and have not claimed UIF. Is it still possible for me to claim, I still am not employed but looking for a job. My employer has relocated, yet I never claimed my UIF.

  5. Judy Venter says:

    Dankie julle waardeer jul flinke diens.

  6. Dries says:

    I worked for the company for 5 years. I was retrenched one month ago. To determine the UIF payments, does the salary for the whole period been taken in account, or just a certain period.

  7. Bobby says:


    Please can you help!

    I have been on a fixed term contract since January 24th of this year. The contract expires on 23 December 2011.

    I am a weekly salary earner and contribute R33 per week to UIF.

    Could you tell me roughly how much i will get each month I claim and how long I am able to claim for?



  8. Eliza says:

    My husband has been transferred to another city with him company. I am therefore forced to resign from my current position. Can I claim UIF?

  9. Afsana says:

    I am currently undergoing a retrenchment process and at the same time am 7 months pregnant. I am due to go on maternity leave in the next two months but now will be unemployed at that time. Do I apply for maternity benefits or unemployment benefits? Please advise with reasons.

  10. Neli says:

    My husband lost his job at the end of June 2011 but the employer has not been cooperating with regards to completing the required form. He reported this at the UIF offices and the officer also phoned to request the boss to cooperate but till today he has not obliged. The officer said they have to open a case. What does one do in a case like this especially because 6 months have passed by.

    • ezUIF says:

      Sorry to hear about your problems, best get in contact with the department of labour again, especially since 6 months have passed.
      Good Luck!

  11. Paul Nefdt says:

    Hi guys.

    I was dismissed a couple of years ago (Nov 2007),since then I’ve been self employed until now. I’m unemployed now can I still claim my UIF benefits??


  12. joseph says:

    Hi fellows.
    I defenetly need help my boss does not want 2 complete my ui-19 form.

  13. Nans says:

    Hi, thanx for a great guide. Much appreciated. I’d just like to ask, with UIF payout are there any deductions made before the money’s paid into one’s account. Just that, with the uif calculator ( awesome) the amount is way less than what my husband got. The person helping him said the system calculates the amount and not him, He has been paying UIF for longer than the max 4 years.

    • Andries says:

      thanks for the kind words. I’m not aware of any deductions…
      Are you saying your husband got more than expected? UIF only takes your last four working years and your average salary during this time into consideration.

  14. Greg says:

    I was informed that the company was going into voluntary liquidation about 2months ago. I resigned due to bleak pros[ects with this business going forward Can i claim, if the company is trading under insolvency?
    Thanks Greg

  15. pius nhlapo says:

    i need to claim i worked with nedbank rivonia for 13years and i resigned in march 2002 to date i have not received anything i went to dep labour with them whilst they were based in new canada according to my knowledge im still being my uif monies that i had contributed for all these years i can also prove that the new labour that when you had resigned you do not qualify i do qualify and i need to be compensated

    • Andries says:

      Hi Pius,
      Not sure what to say as normally resigning from a job excludes your from being able to receive UIF benefits.
      Even if you were eligible to receive UIF, you have to apply for it within 6 months of being retrenched (on in your case resigned).
      Contact your nearest labour department for more details.
      Good luck!

  16. Lindiwe says:

    Hi, I’m just wondering if I can apply for my UIF, I resigned earlier this year and refused to work the notice period so the reason for me leaving is documented as abscontion, so i just want to know if I can apply for UIF.

  17. Craig says:

    Thank you so much….the guide is heaven sent.

  18. Hi there
    I terminated my employment due to constructive dismissal. I note that there is a item for this on the UI19. Your booklet has not come through the e-mail yet although I have asked for it. Thanks for offering this service. Much appreciated. I need to know what I have to do to claim UIF.

  19. Esme says:

    Hi Andries

    I was diagnosed with major depression & with advise from my pshychiatrist & a motivational medical letter she motivated my resignation due to my medical condition. My previous employer declared my reason for termination as Code 6 – Resignation which I thought should have been Code 10 – Illness/Medically Boarded. I did enquirethis with them & they informed me that I signed a letter wishing not to apply for Disability. The reason for this was that I did not see myself being unemployed for 6 months. Please can you give me your thoughts on this.


  20. aisha says:

    Hi ! was dismissed on the 04 /04 / 2012 . Our Gross salary was R4000 and we also got commision on top of that how does that get worked out , I was working at company since October 2011 n please advise

  21. annelie says:

    Can you claim UIF when retiring? According to another website, you can -provided that you contributed for the last four years and claim within the six month period.
    Is this true?

    • Andries says:

      As far as I know you can’t claim after retiring. Give your labour offices a call though, perhaps it’s possible under certain circumstances.

  22. mmMikaiel Slarmie says:

    Please can you e-mail me your guide as I really like the comments and feedback from the people and am more than sure it will be useful for me also.


  23. zoleka says:


    Could you please send me a guide on how to apply for UIF


  24. bev says:

    Hi there

    I recently registered for UIF without much of a problem due to the accurate information obtained in your guide. MANY THANKS
    I small problem – the Bank Form (UI-2.8) in the Block where it says Information Supplied by (Name of Bank/Post Office Official) they don’t want the name of the Bank they actually want the name of the official signing the document – which is what it says but mine and others in the queue were incorrect.

    Many thanks

  25. Wedaad says:

    Good day ,

    I have resigned from my company in Jan 2012 can I claim UIF?

  26. Janine says:

    Hi Rinna

    Could you please send me the guide on how to claim uif. Have no idea how it works as I’ve never done it before. Your help in this regard is greatly appreciated


  27. moitheki says:

    does the uif get paid in monthly installments or in a lumpsum

  28. tladi molebatsi says:

    thank for the asistance

  29. sheraan says:

    Hi,was retrenched and was claim uif,i told the lab our dept.that i work again
    On the date i have to claim/sign again?Will i received any pay outs.

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