Know the new law: must-read guide for all employers of domestic helpers

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Sylvia Mahlangu can now be compensated for her domestic worker mother's death. (PHOTO: FANI MAHUNTSI)
Sylvia Mahlangu can now be compensated for her domestic worker mother's death. (PHOTO: FANI MAHUNTSI)

Cleaners, gardeners, nannies – most households would struggle to function without them as the long weeks of hard lockdown last year proved.

And yet until very recently South Africa’s million strong domestic workforce weren’t recognised as employees in terms of the law, which meant that they didn’t qualify for any aid from the national Compensation Fund if things went wrong. 

If they were injured on the job, they couldn’t expect any help from the fund to pay their medical bills, nor compensation if they couldn’t work for months as a result of a workplace accident. 

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