About applying for normal benefits
When your employer terminates your service, you can apply to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) for benefits.
The benefits are only available to you if you have been contributing to the UIF during your period of employment.
You cannot claim if you have resigned, been suspended or absconded from work, unless the particular resignation is deemed as a constructive dismissal by the CCMA. You can only claim for UIF if your employment contract has been terminated, your fixed contract has expired without renewal or your services are terminated as a result of the employer being insolvent.
To qualify, you must register as a work seeker and declare yourself as capable of and available for work. You must apply for the UIF benefits as soon as you become unemployed or within six months of the termination of your employment.
If you were contributing to the UIF monthly, your benefits will be calculated by multiplying your monthly remuneration by 12 and then dividing it by 365.
If you were contributing weekly, your benefits will be calculated by multiplying your weekly remuneration by 52 and dividing it by 365.