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

Sectoral Determinations

Sectoral Determination 6 : Private Security Sector, South Africa

19. Weapons, uniforms, overalls and protective clothing


(1) An employer shall –
(a) provide free of charge any weapon, ammunition, tool, whistle or other equipment which a security officer, in the performance of the employee’s duties, needs or is required to use for self defence or apprehension;
(b) Provide, free of charge, new footwear and two sets of daily washable uniform items, as well as any other protective clothing which an employee is required by any law to provide for an employee.


(2) Any article provided by an employer in terms of sub clause (1) shall remain the employer’s property.


(3) An employer who provides an employee with any such apparel, may require the employee to clean it in the employee’s own time, in which event the employer shall pay the employee not less than R30.00 per month, which shall however not be payable during periods of absence from work.


(4) No employer shall make any deduction from the salary of any employee in regard to any article provided to that employee in terms of sub clause (1): Provided that where an article is found by a fair procedure to have been lost or damaged by an employee, excluding damage arising from the performance of the employee’s duties or normal wear and tear, an employer may, notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this determination, recover the replacement cost of such article from the employee by making a deduction over an appropriate period from that employee’s salary. Further, provided that such monthly deduction shall not exceed one tenth of the employee’s monthly remuneration, except upon termination of employment, when the full balance in respect of the replacement value of such missing or damaged items due to the employer shall be deducted.


(5) No employer shall collect or deduct any form of uniform deposit from any employee.