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

Sectoral Determinations

Sectoral Determination 9 : Wholesale and Retail Sector, South Africa

Part B : Wages

5. Payment of remuneration


(1) An employer must pay an employee—
(a) in South African currency;
(b) daily, weekly, fortnightly or monthly; and
(c) in cash, by cheque or by direct deposit into an account designated by the employee.


(2) Any remuneration paid in cash or by cheque must be given to each employee—
(a) at the workplace or at a place agreed to by the employee;
(b) during the employee's working hours or within fifteen minutes of the commencement or conclusion of those hours; and
(c) in a sealed envelope which becomes the property of the employee.


(3) An employer must pay an employee—
(a) on the normal pay day as agreed; or
(b) on the termination of the contract of employment.


(4) Sub-clause (3) does not apply to any pension or provident fund payment to an employee that is made in terms of the rules of the fund.