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Your monthly budget shows your living expenses. Where possible, attach proof of these expenses. This information is used to help South African businesses and government understand that all youth on learnerships, apprenticeships and internships are not from wealthy families who can afford to financially support them!

Let’s check your learnership pay slip for irregular deductions or anything strange.

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  1. Lucky

    Hi Leonie
    Yes I would definitely like to book a consultation with you.

  2. Leonie Hall

    Dear Lucky, first and foremost the employer needs to put his insane claim in writing. We cannot give you legal advice as we are not attorneys. However, even so, we have fought a similar case and won. So if you want to do a consultation just let us know here and Leonie will email you.
    Given that your case is urgent because you have another job offer, we advise you to lodge a case with the CCMA immediately. They are mandated to resolve learnership disputes. Since it’s a state owned entity misbehaving, report this matter to the DHET. You can also seek legal advice ASAP and go to the Public Protector and OUTA.
    Thank you for communicating the details so clearly. It seems like traffic enforcement would be LUCKY to have someone like you!

  3. Lucky

    Good day.
    In 2019 I was enrolled for 3 year (36MONTHS)traffic law enforcement learnership program with a state owned entity. We then signed contracts earlier in that year. But in between 2020 and 2021 covid19 happened we were subsequently forced to stay at home during the lock down period and we stayed home without pay.

    However as soon as lock down regulations were relaxed.The employer issued a call us instructed to report back to college on the 3rd of November 2021. We arrived to want seemed like a big welcome event. There was a big macee tent,and to our surprise on that day were presented with new contracts which had more binding regulations than the previous one.

    We were then forced to sign that contract or else we quit the training. We had no choice, I mean We were home for months without pay so we had to sign, we were hungry. One of the clauses that were new in this contract read as follows:

    “You have an obligation to serve the RTMC for a period of one (1) year for each individual year of training you underwent. If you wish to terminate your services with RTMC, you are obligated to repay the RTMC the total amount paid for training, including the stipend”.

    Fast forward, through the hardships of covid19 and many other challenges we experienced pertaining to the training, we eventually finished the training. There was a passout parade and graduation ceremony conducted to celebrate this milestone in 2023 between the 30 and 31 of March. The contract was meant to expire after 36 months upon completion of the training.

    We were then absorbed into the labour Force in May 2023. We were then given new contracts of employment.Because of the new contract of employment we thought the leadership contract was expired.

    I then happened to apply for another job opportunity which had better offer than what my employer was giving me. However upon my resignation my employer demanded of me to repay the money spent on me for the training including the stipend received as per the above quoted clause.This leanership amount according to the employer amounts to more 1 million.

    My question then are :

    1.Can an employer demand that an employee pay back learnership training money spent on the employee?
    2.Is it legal to demand that a person pay back a learnership money?
    3.What solutions should I opt for in this case?

    The learnership came from saseta and my employer was a training provider.

  4. admin

    Hi Bongani
    It sounds complicated so we’d need to take a look at your contract. Certain deductions are allowed but your stipend is not allowed to fall below the minimum rate.

  5. Bongani

    I’m an IT Technician on an NQF L4 going on my practical’s in two months time, the has been a memorandum out today that there been students not attending sessions and some not submitting their assignments, and there will be monies deducted from them, the next from coming month from us all, other thing that our stipend is fluctuating and on the agreement paper the is no reflection of merchandise they used to us allocated of money deducted from us for the next 3 months of our theory process .that is the lime light of my is it legal as an individual from disadvantage background ,the department to deducting and the stipends to change like this every time.?

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