RFP: LEAD LOGISTICS SERVICE PROVIDER / IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR EMPLOYERS ON TERS
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL: LEAD LOGISTICS SERVICE PROVIDER
Business for South Africa’s (B4SA) Health Workgroup would like to partner
with a lead logistics provider (LLP) for the distribution of protective
personal equipment (PPE) that will enable B4SA to execute its mandate (to
support the national response, including Government and the private sector’s
public health efforts, in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in South
Africa) in a fast and price efficient manner.
The RFP will be assessed based on price, B-BBEE and the ability to meet
technical requirements. Vendors that intend to participate must express
their interest via email to:
The email must include:
. Company name
. Contact details of the contact person
All vendors that have confirmed their intention to participate will be
supplied with the RFP documents required to prepare a submission.
Closing date for submissions: midnight on Friday, 29 May 2020.
IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR EMPLOYERS ON TERS
Temporary Employer/ Employee Relief Scheme (TERS)
There has been a change in the process for applying for the UIF TERS benefit
for on behalf of employees from May, in terms of which employers have a new
First, however, it appears that the UIF site is not yet ready to accommodate
applications for May. We are trying to establish when this will become
As to changes, employers applying will be able to indicate whether the
benefits should be paid to the company or whether payment must be made
directly into employees’ bank accounts.
Employers will be entitled to receive payment if they require a refund from
the UIF, which would be the case where the employer has paid the benefit to
the employees, or where the employees have been required to take annual
leave. In other circumstances, the UIF will make payment directly to the
The addition of this second option, under instruction form the Minister of
Employment and Labour, follows complaints that some employers did not make
the April payments to employees within the required 48 hours. While we have
not been told how many employers failed to do this, or how many employees
were affected, the non-compliance of a few drew comments from the Minister
and the changes to the system.
The additional option has essentially been introduced with the intention of
ensuring that the payments of the Unemployment Income Covid19 TERS benefits
are smoother for May and June. Representatives of the UIF have informed us
that they are confident that the Unemployment Income system has the capacity
to pay individual employees directly. They further confirmed that processes
are in place to inform employees once the payment has been made into their
bank account. Employers will also be informed when an employee has been paid
and how much.
Employers who have not submitted employee bank account details and mobile
numbers to the UI when they initially applied should add the relevant
details to their May applications. Employers who did so for April will not
need to do so again.
It will still be necessary for the employer (or, where applicable, the
bargaining council) to apply for the benefit on behalf of employees to whom
the benefit is due. Where employers refuse or fail to do so, employees may
Employers can also still make an advance payment to employees to ensure that
they receive the amount on their regular pay date. In this case, the
employer will need to indicate that they are applying for a refund when they
make the application, and the amount will then be paid to the employer.
Please note that the UIF has indicated that many employers who received
benefits for April have not yet provided the UIF with proof that the
employees have been paid their April entitlements. Employers signed MOAs
committing to send proof that they have paid their employees. B4SA thanks
those who have complied. Those who have not yet submitted proof to the UIF
are urged to do so.
Employers who have not received funds for April are asked to escalate this
to the UIF call centre, but the UIF has also undertaken to contact employers
directly to resolve any outstanding issues so that workers can get paid.
The Department says it has engaged the private sector, insurance sector,
banking sector and other stakeholders to assist in making the application
process more effective and efficient. The Department aims to launch a new
web platform, which will automate the applications value chain and speed up
processing of payments. The UIF is also in the process of creating a YouTube
video explaining the COVID19 TERS application step-by-step.
Anyone with queries should be directed to the UIF call centre at 0800 843
BUSINESS CALLS FOR QUICK MOVE TO LEVEL 2 LOCKDOWN
Article Courtesy of Business Day
Business for South Africa’s Cas Coovadia participated in a Business Day
Dialogue this week and said the country’s GDP would contract 14% if the
economy was kept at level 4 much longer. Business has called for a quick
move to level 2, which would open up virtually all sectors of the economy,
including retail, construction, domestic air travel and car rental services.
To read an overview of the discussion, please go to
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