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Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997 (Act No. 75 of 1997)

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Code of Good Practice for Employment and Conditions of work for Expanded Public Works Programmes

10. Hours of Work



10.1) Normal hours of work, as is customary in the applicable sector, apply but limited to 40-hours a week.


10.2) For task-based workers tasks must be set based on a 40-hour week in which the workers work five 8-hour days, excluding time spent travelling to and from work. Once at work, time spent getting to the site that is to be worked on that day must be included in the 8-hour period.A worker may not spend more than 55 hours in any week completing tasks.


10.3) Starting and finishing times may be determined in the light of factors such as the nature of the project, the distance workers have to travel and other local factors such as climate, season and terrain.


10.4) Depending on local conditions work may be spread over more than 8 hours. For example, in hot weather workers may work from 05h00 to 09h00 and then again from 15h00 to 19h00. The finishing time must not be more than 12 hours after the start and workers may not work more than 55 hours per week.