by Adam Hartman

THE Social Security Commission (SSC) said it will give financial assistance to 6 300 employees whose jobs and incomes have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The commission’s head of communications, Unomengi Kauapirura, said this during the Erongo governor’s weekly Covid-update press conference at Swakopmund today.

She said 13 300 employees who had their salaries cut due to the impact of the pandemic had registered for the stimulus assistance to date, and that 6 300 had been verified, while the rest are still being verified, and may be assisted soon.

The value for assistance to the 6 300 is about N$24 million.

Of the 1 032 employers who applied for assistance from the SSC, 850 will be paid by the end of June, according to Kauapirura. The value of assistance for this group is N$19,2 million.

“We apologise for having taken so long before pay-outs and we appreciate everyone’s patience. It was a long process because it was a new system being developed, but today I am happy to announce that we will start paying out now,” she said.

The three-month stimulus package caters for employers, employees and the informal sector, who must prove loss of employment or income due to Covid-19.

The formal employer will get a wage bill subsidy on condition they does not retrench anyone during the months of April, May and June, while employees will get a monthly payout equal to 50% of their salaries, for a period of three months on condition that they earn less than N$50 000 per annum.

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