Who can claim Maternity UIF?

You must be a South African citizen and have a bar-coded ID Book.
Mom’s, who pay UIF every month, can claim UIF maternity benefits, from the Department of Labour for four months.
If you are adopting a child under the age of two years.
Self-employed individuals, who are members of a Closed Corporation or a Company may claim Maternity UIF.
Foreign nationals with a valid passport (who fulfill all other UIF criteria for a claim).

Unfortunately we cannot assist foreign clients , without an ID book.

How much will I receive?

The Dept of Labour pay benefits on a salary up to R17712 only. If you earn over, approximately R17712, the balance of your salary is disregarded. If you have been contributing for two years out of the past 4 years then you will qualify for 121 days benefit - and you will receive the total amount of approximately R11600, per month, which may be paid to you in 1 – 5 payments. We will not know or have any influence in how many payments you receive.

If you earn less than R17712, then the Dept of Labour calculates your benefits at 66% of your salary.

This is a flat rate. The first payment may be a very small, 1 or 2 days benefits e.g. R180, but the next payment will catch up to where you are in your claim, e.g. if you are 6 weeks into your maternity leave, you will receive 6 weeks in one payment.

The Dept of Labour do not pay your benefit as a salary, they pay in periods (days), this is why each payment is a different amount and also a different date.

The amounts above, are really approximate as there are quite a few other factors, that come into play.

Should you be earning more than 50% of your salary, the amount may be less.

For how long will I receive UIF Maternity benefits?

You can claim UIF benefits for a maximum of 121 days (four months).

If you have been contributing to UIF for the last four years, you are entitled to four months of UIF maternity leave. For every six months worked, you can claim one month of UIF maternity benefits from the Department of Labour.

The UIF use the last 4 years of your employment records, to calculate the amount of credit days you have.
You can only claim for the time you are actually on maternity leave i.e. if you take two months of maternity leave, you can only claim two months of UIF maternity benefits.

The Department does, on occasion pay the entire 4 months, in one or two payments.

Can I claim if I am still earning my full salary?

No, only if you are earning part of your salary. The moment your employer does not pay you 100% of your salary, you can claim the balance of the ceiling salary, from the Unemployment Insurance Fund.
Example: Your employer is paying you 75% p.m. while you are on maternity leave. You can claim the rest (25%) from the UIF. (Remember you cannot receive more than 100% of salary).

Can I claim Maternity UIF if I resign while I am pregnant?

Yes, you can claim 4 months maternity benefits if you resign (this is the only time that you can claim maternity UIF benefits when you resign).

How long before I receive my first UIF payment?

The turnaround time at the UIF is 6 to 8 weeks.
The first UIF maternity payment is often a very small amount. You are paid for the days from the beginning of your maternity leave, up to the date your UIF claim is handed in. A larger payment will follow within approximately a week. Please let me know of any payments you receive. 

Can the Department see if I receive any money into my account and reject my claim?

This is not true. The only reason that they want proof of your banking details is to make sure that your bank account is active and that they pay the money into the right account. Remember your bank account must be in your own name! You cannot use your husband’s account or even a joint account.

Is there a time limit to when I can claim?

Yes your baby must be under 12 months old. It is best to claim long before then to avoid any complications.

When am I supposed to submit my application to the UIF?

On the day that your leave starts. You cannot submit before that as the Department of Labour will not take it. Please have your claim ready and at our offices, at least two weeks before you go on leave. This will ensure that your benefits are paid as soon as possible.

Can I claim if I get paid by the hour?

Yes you can. Simply add the last six months salary and divide it by six, do the same with your UIF contributions. Your employer must use these amounts to fill in your UI-19 and UI-2.7.

I am already on maternity leave, can I still claim?

Yes, you must apply within 12 months from of birth of your baby. The Department of Labour will back pay your benefits from the start of your maternity leave, to the date of your application.

How will I be paid?

Benefit payments will be deposited directly into your personal bank account. Remember it must be your personal account and not a joint account.

I have changed jobs in the last four years, how does this affect my claim?

If you have changed jobs in the last 4 years, your previous employer will have to complete a UI.19 form, in order for you to receive maximum credits, for your 4 months Maternity UIF benefit.

Will I be taxed?

No tax is payable on UIF maternity Benefits.

Can I claim maternity UIF benefits if I am the owner of my own business?

If you are the member of a Close Corporation or a Pty you can claim UIF. If you are a Sole Proprietor you cannot claim UIF.

I am a Non-South African Employee?

Since 2010 workers that are not citizens of South-Africa can claim UIF from the Department of Labour.These applications take longer to approve.

Must have:
Valid work permit
Contribute to UIF

I have been retrenched or my contract ended, can I still claim UIF benefits?

Yes, you can claim for Maternity Benefits and then Unemployment Benefits. You must first claim for UIF maternity benefits, (it doesn’t matter how far pregnant you are – you can claim now). If you apply for unemployment first you will not be able to claim for Maternity Benefits.

Who cannot claim maternity UIF?

Foreigners working on a contract basis.
Workers who have not paid UIF on a monthly basis.
Workers who are being paid their full salary whilst they are on maternity leave.
Workers who have claimed any other type of benefits from the Department of Labour in the last four years.

The exception to this is a maternity claim in the last four years – a worker would be able to claim maternity benefits again.
Workers who get a monthly state pension or receive a grant from the Compensation Fund.
Workers who work for government departments may not be able to claim. Check with your employer.
A sole proprietor cannot claim UIF.
>> Remember you can always contact us for any other information you may need.

Is the benefit paid as a salary?

The Dept of Labour do not pay your benefit as a salary, they pay in periods (days), this is why each payment is a different amount and also a different date.

The amounts above, are really approximate as there are quite a few other factors, that come into play.

Should you be earning more than 50% of your salary, the amount may be less.

Please make arrangements, to ensure that your debit orders are not returned.

Do we take comission on the Maternity UIF Benefit?

No definitely not. We charge a once off fee of R795.



Please do not make any payment to UIF if any of the following conditions apply to you.
  • If you have not been contributing to the UIF fund.
  • If you are the sole proprietor of a company.
  • If you still receive 100% of your salary whilst on maternity leave.
  • If you have claimed other UIF benefits in the last 4 years (excluding maternity).
  • If your baby is older than 12 months.
  • If you do not have a bar coded ID.
  • If you are not aware that we cannot phone the UIF on your behalf.
  • If you are not aware that it is your employers responsibility to keep employment records up to date.
Please contact us, via email or phone and we will assist you personally.
Register online   OR


Fee Structure:

  • We charge a once off fee of
  • Package One R795
  • Your claim will not be processed unless we have received full payment.
  • Once we have received your proof of payment we will start the process immediately.

Banking Details

Account Name:T/A UIF4Baby
Acc: 6253 8435 133
Branch 250655
Fourways branch
Reference: Your Full Name /Claim UIF