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South Africa: Training and development

Original and updating author: Helen Wilsenach, Bowman Gilfillan

Consultant editor: Mairéad Edwards, Tabacks


  • There is no general statutory obligation on employers to provide or finance training or development for their employees, or any statutory entitlement for employees to receive training or training leave, with the exception of "learnerships". (See General)
  • Employers with a total annual paybill of more than a certain amount are obliged by law to pay a Skills Development Levy of 1% of their paybill. (See Skills Development Levy)
  • A learnership combines a structured learning component and a structured work-experience component. (See Learnerships)