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

Sectoral Determinations

Sectoral Determination 12 : Forestry Sector, South Africa

Part A : Application

1. Scope of application


(1) The determination applies to the employment of forestry workers in all forestry activities in the Republic of South Africa.


(2) For the purpose of this determination Forestry Sector refers to forestry operations related to planting, growing, tending and harvesting of trees. Without limiting its meaning, ‘forestry activities’ includes:
(a) commercial timber growers;
(b) emergent timber growers;
(c) contractors where the majority of time is spent in relation to forestry contracting activities;
(d) all transportation within the sector not covered by the Road Freight Bargaining Council;
(e) a domestic worker employed in a home on a plantation where forestry activities take place;
(f) a security guard employed to guard a plantation or other premises where forestry activities are conducted, who is not employed in the private security sector.


(3) The determination does not apply to:
(a) mixed farming employers where majority of the time is spent in relation to farming activities;
(b) community forestry employers and employees;
(c) employers where the majority of the time is spent in relation to conservation forestry activities;
(d) any person employed or engaged in forestry activities covered by another sectoral determination or by a bargaining council agreement in terms of the Labour Relations Act, 1995 and includes but is not limited to:
(i) transportation covered by the Road Freight Bargaining Council;
(ii) the forest products sector, which includes all primary and secondary timber processing activities including the pulp and paper sector and whose operations are currently covered by bargaining council agreements.