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How To Apply For UIF Illness Benefits?

How To Apply For UIF Illness Benefits? Are you in need of information on how to apply for Unemployment Insurance Benefits (UIF) illness benefits? 

Then you have chosen the right portal. UIF has several categories of benefits of which illness benefits form part of the types/categories.


Illness benefits can be applied at any eminent labour center provided you are employed and also double as a contributor to the fund and have not been able to work due to illness.

UIF has so many types of UIF benefits that include, Unemployment Benefits, Illness Benefits Maternity Benefits, Adoption Benefits Dependent Benefits, and Loss of part of your income.

Talking of illness benefits, it is simply the claim you get when you apply for your benefits as a contributor when battling some ailments.

Well, before you could qualify for the illness benefit, you should be receiving less than your normal wages while on sick leave.

In this post, we will take you through how to apply for UIF illness benefits and other frequently asked questions on UIF.

How To Apply For UIF Illness Benefits?

Before you can claim your UIF benefits, you would need to acquire the following documents;

  1. 13 digits bar-coded ID or passport 
  2. Form UI-2.8 for banking details 
  3. form UI-29 to show that you are not working
  4. form UI-2.7
  5. medical certificate from a doctor 
  6. amplifying medical report
  7. a follow-up form

In this case, contributors who are suffering from illness can report to any nearest labour office for assistance.

Meanwhile, if the illness becomes too difficult for the contributor to visit the office by him/herself can make some arrangements for other third parties to visit the office on their behalf with all the aforementioned documents intact.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How many months will UIF pay?

UIF pay when you have full credit days. A day credit is received by a contributor for every four days that a contributor works.

How many times does UIF payout?

You should start earning something after eight weeks of registering. Your money will then be paid every four weeks.

Does UIF Pay a lump sum?

Yes, this is calculated depending on the issue at hand and the number of years you have contributed to the fund.

It’s mostly paid to beneficiaries of a contributor to UIF when he/she passes away.


Are all benefits paid from the UIF tax-free?

Yes, all benefits paid from the fund to its contributors are tax-free.

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In this article, we took you through on how to claim your UIF illness benefits at any nearest labour office in South Africa and some documents you would need to present when reporting yourself or any third party.