It is safe to say that, the pandemic we are all facing has left some people a bit in the tight spot, and some jobless.Actors seem to also be heavily affected and while people suggest that they could get the Unemployment Insurance Fund like everyone is.
Kgomotso Christopher has hushed everyone up by explaining that as Independent Contractors they unfortunately fall aside and cannot apply, they do not qualify. She mentioned however that though they do pay tax, they not not claim the UIF relief fund because they are independent contractors, they aren’t technically unemployed but their industry is just currently shut down.
“Artists are not employees. We do not qualify for UIF. Eish. And as for criteria for R350 for unemployed, I also don’t know criteria. We are technically not unemployed but have no work because as Contractors our industry has shut down”
So technically actors aren’t jobless they just currently not at work, due to the Covid -19 issue and they do not qualify for the UIF
“I thought R350 is a Sassa grant for children and families? Maybe I’m wrong. However, employees can apply for UIF. Do you know what that is? Anyhow, as artists we pay taxes but because we are independent contractors, we don’t qualify for UIF. We fall outside that relief option,” she said.
Therefore, though they do contribute towards paying tax, Kgomotso said it was disheartening not to get any benefits from the government.
In Other News – Thando Thabethe and Mantsoe team up with spar to feed a 100 People
Thando Thabethe, is on a mission to feed as many people as she can during the lockdown period and just yesterday she managed to feed about a 100 families, she teamed up with the Booth fest foundation, Mantsoe and Spar.
She started off in Centurion on the 5th of April where she wrote continue reading