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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

9. Payment



9.1) Employers must pay workers at least the minimum rate as stipulated in the Ministerial Determination: Expanded Public Works Programme.


9.2) Workers can be paid on the basis of the number of tasks completed. These workers are referred to as "task-rated workers". Alternatively, workers can be paid on a daily rate.


9.3) There are jobs where it is not possible to pay workers on the basis of tasks performed.These workers must be paid on the basis of the amount of time they worked. They are referred to as "time-rated workers".


9.4) On the task-based system, a worker is paid for each task completed or part thereof.


9.5) If workers are informed a day before that work will not take place the next day, they should not be entitled to any payment.


9.6) Workers will be paid a training allowance in case they are required to attend agreed training programmes.This should be equal to 100% of the daily task rate for task-rate workers or 100% of the daily rate of pay for time-rated workers. All the costs of training will be covered, for example, travel, trainers, material, tuition fees.


9.7) Where a worker participates in a learnership the relevant learnership determination must be used to determine the training allowance whilst on training.


9.8) Each worker must be given written particulars of employment and verbal explanations in an appropriate language of their rate of pay and how this is to be calculated.


9.9) Where a project is completed earlier than anticipated the worker should receive the full agreed remuneration for the stipulated period of the contract if the pay for the task was to be calculated on the basis of time. Where such work was to be performed on a task-based system, the full agreed remuneration for the task should be paid for early completion.