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Basic Guide to Deductions (Children in Performing Arts)

by Zopedol — last modified 2014-04-01 12:37
Only certain deductions may be made from a child’s pay once agreed to by the parent, legal guardian or agent of the child.


Sectoral Determination 10 for Children in the Performance of Advertising, Artistic and Cultural Activities applies to all employers who have been granted a permit to employ child workers under 15 years of age, but not to –
  • members of the:
    • National Defence Force,
    • National Intelligence Agency, or
    • South African Secret Service;
  • unpaid volunteers working for charity;
  • workers aged 15 or older;
  • children participating in non-profit activities; and
  • employers who have not been granted permits.

The Basic Conditions of Employment Act applies in respect of any matter not covered by this sectoral determination.


Conditions for Deductions

Employers may only make a deduction from a child’s pay if –
  • it is agreed to by the parent or legal guardian of a child
  • the deduction is required by law, agreement, court order or arbitration award
Employers may not charge a parent, legal guardian, child minder or agent of a child for –
  • training;
  • equipment or tools;
  • work clothing;
  • food; 
  • accommodation.
No fines may be levied against a child.
Employers may not require or permit a child, parent, legal guardian or agent to –
  • repay any amounts except for any overpayments
  • accept a receipt of a higher amount than what was actually received.

Deductions for Damage or Loss

Deductions for damage or loss caused by the worker may only be made if –
  • the employer has followed a fair procedure and given the worker a chance to show why the deduction should not be made,
  • the worker agrees in writing, and
  • the total deduction is not more than 25% of the worker’s net pay.

Based on Legislation in Section 34, of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act

Deductions for Benefit Funds

Employers must pay deductions and employer contributions to benefit funds (pension, provident, retirement, medical aid, etc.) to the fund within 7 days.

Based on Legislation in Section 34, of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act

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