The Unemployment Insurance Fund ( UIF ) gives short-term relief to workers when they become unemployed or are unable to work because of maternity, adoption leave, or illness. It also provides relief to the dependents of a deceased contributor. The unemployment insurance system in South Africa is governed by the following legislation:

  • Unemployment Insurance Act, 2001 (the UI Act)
  • Unemployment Insurance Contributions Act, 2002 (the UIC Act)

These Acts provide for the benefits, to which contributors are allowed, and the imposition and collection of the contributions to the UIF, respectively, and came into operation on 1 April 2002.


What are the benefits of uFiling?
Can I use uFiling for any other Tax return types?
How do I “Activate my uFiling account”?
What is the cost for the uFiling Service?
How do I sign an electronic return?
Can I only submit my current returns on uFiling? What about prior returns that have not been submitted?
Can I access historical data with respect to my returns and payments?

Can I recall a return if submitted in error?
I can’t view my pdf. How do I change the default pdf viewer ?
Who will see my return?
What measures are in place to ensure the confidentiality of information on uFiling?
If the UIF uFiling Call Centre staff has access to my information, what is to prevent them from disclosing my information?
Can I pay UIF from multiple bank accounts?
How do I load my Internet Banking account on uFiling?
Are future-dated transactions accepted by any Banking facility?
Can I pay outstanding penalties and interest on uFiling?
Do I have to be activated on uFiling to submit payments?
Can an activated uFiler make a payment for another UIF contributor?
Can I underpay on the initial payment?
How does the UIF ensure the reconciliation of manual payments with UIF returns submitted online?

Can I use my credit card to make payments to the UIF?
I am a tax agent. What facilities are available to me?
How do I add my clients?
Will the information held for my clients be secure?
Will information held for my clients be accessible to anyone else?
How will my clients pay their contributions to UIF?
Can I set up my own security on uFiling?
Will I be able to see consolidated information about my clients?
Can my clients also access their own information?