n South African Journal of Labour Relations - Labour legislation in Emfuleni's domestic worker sector : awareness and compliance

Volume 33, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0379-8410
  • E-ISSN: 2520-3223



The South African domestic worker sector is recognised as one of the most neglected sectors of the country's labour force. Scholarly and societal calls for legislative reform within this sector culminated in the proclamation of Sectoral Determination 7: Domestic Worker Sector, which stipulates the minimum employment conditions for this sector as from 1 September 2002. Emanating from the need to assess actual levels of awareness and compliance within this context, this article evaluates the extent of both awareness (knowledge) and compliance (actions) that correspond to legislative obligations. A survey design was used during the empirical review. Data collected from employers of domestic workers in Emfuleni were statistically captured and analysed. The results indicated that employers have limited awareness and that it is difficult to make a general pronouncement regarding compliance levels. An exploration of the link between awareness of employment standards and actions showed that awareness cannot be taken for granted and does not guarantee compliance. Compliance, however, gives awareness value.

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