The following excerpt is from the 4th Revision of ‘EXPOSED – The Business of Photography’ by Deryck van Steenderen, published in January 2014.
The use of children as models is governed by the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, No. 75 of 1997, Sectorial Determination 10: Children in the Performance of Advertising, Artistic, and Cultural Activities, South Africa, applicable to children under 15 years of age.
The Sectorial Determination 10 is a clear set of legal requirements for working with children and covers topics like permits, working hours, night work, rest periods, food and refreshments and penalties, amongst others.
The permitted maximum number of working hours is governed by the child’s age and is found in Part D:
PART D: HOURS OF WORK 8 HOURS OF WORK
(1) For purposes of this Determination the maximum permissible hours of work are:
a) in respect of a child aged over ten years, four hours a day;
b) in respect of a child of ten years or younger, three hours a day.
2) An employer may not require or permit a child to work for longer than the maximum permissible hours of work.
3) An employer may not require or permit a child to be present at the workplace on any day for more than-
a) ten hours, in the case of a child aged over ten years;
b) eight hours, in the case of a child aged older than five years but not older than ten years;
c) six hours, in the case of a child aged younger than five years.
4) No employer may force a child to perform when the child is not ready or fit to do so.
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