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Labor law
in South Africa.

SALARY PAYMENT IN South African Rand (ZAR, R)




TIME TO HIRE 12 hours

Labor law in South Africa – Overview

The country’s labor laws are designed to protect workers’ rights and ensure that they are treated fairly. Some of the key labor laws in South Africa include the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, the Labour Relations Act, and the Employment Equity Act.

The Basic Conditions of Employment Act sets out the minimum standards for working conditions in South Africa, including working hours, leave entitlements, and minimum wages. The Labour Relations Act regulates the relationship between employers and employees and provides for collective bargaining and dispute resolution.

The Employment Equity Act aims to promote equal opportunities in the workplace and eliminate unfair discrimination. It requires employers to take affirmative action to redress past imbalances and ensure that their workforce is representative of the country’s demographics.

Notice period laws in South Africa

Dismissals in South Africa

Notice periods for dismissal and resignation are the same in South Africa. They are as follows:

  • During probation → 1 week
  • After probation<6 months employment → minimum 1 week
  • 6 months to 1 year employment → minimum 2 weeks
  • >1 year employment → minimum 4 weeks

Despite these being the minimum requirements, the standard notice period is 1 month.


Resignations in South Africa

As discussed above, the standard notice period for resignation is one month. 

Severance laws in South Africa

The severance requirements are listed in Section 41 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act where it is stated:

  • Employees who have been employed for more than 12 months are entitled to severance pay if they are dismissed for operational requirements or due to the employer’s insolvency.
  • The amount of severance pay is one week’s pay for each completed year of service.
  • The maximum amount of severance pay is capped at the equivalent of 12 months’ pay.
  • If the employee is dismissed for an unfair reason then the consequence could be paying the employee severance for up to 12 months.


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The most relevant legal document related to employment in South Africa are the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, the Labour Relations Act, and the Employment Equity Act

In South Africa you can terminate an employee during their probationary periods for certain reasons which are as follows:

  • Individual-related → misconduct, poor work performance, incapacity.
  • Business-related → based on economic, technological, and/or structural needs of the employer.
  • Other reasons that may have been stated and agreed upon in the contract.

In South Africa an employee is allowed to terminate employment during their probationary period. It is typical for them to give one week’s notice to the employer.

If an employer wants to dismiss an employee in South Africa, the employer must give the proper notice depending how long the employee has been with the company. It is best practice to: (1) inform that employee of the issue or reasoning in writing; (2) conduct a meeting with the employee about the issue or reason; (3) inform the employee of the decision in writing after the meeting, and; (4) give the proper amount of dismissal notice depending on how long the employee has been with the company. Typically the standard amount of notice period is one month

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