Kgomotso Christopher slams claims that actors don't want to collect UIF grant

‘As artists we pay taxes but because we are independent contractors, we don't qualify for UIF’

06 May 2020 - 06:00 By Masego Seemela
Actress Kgomotso Christopher talks about artists not being able to qualify for UIF.
Actress Kgomotso Christopher talks about artists not being able to qualify for UIF.
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While the Covid-19 outbreak has left many artist's cash strapped and some jobless, actress Kgomotso Christopher has responded to suggestions that actors don't want to collect the government's Covid-19 unemployment grant.

While the department of sport, arts and culture has announced relief measures, one follower suggested that artists should apply for the unemployment grant like everyone else.

Kgomotso tried to put a Twitter user straight, telling them that as independent contractors things worked a bit differently for actors.

“I said 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.

Though they do contribute towards paying tax, Kgomotso said it was disheartening not to get any benefits from the government. 

We've been saying . We pay taxes ... no benefits including UIF, retirement, pension, dololo. Plus we don't get our royalties. A royal mess!” 


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