Letters from our readers 1982 No 1


Dear Learn and Teach, I am a domestic worker. Last month I was fired. My friend says I must get notice pay. Is this true? S.M. Kwa-Thema, Springs.

Dear S.M. Your friend is correct. When a domestic worker is fired, her employer must give her notice. Notice works this way: If you get paid every week, your employer must let you work for another week. Or your employer must give you an extra week’s pay. If you get paid every month, your employer must let you work for another month. Or your employer must give you an extra month’s pay. Speak to your employer. Ask your employer for notice pay. If your employer won’t give you notice pay, go to the Domestic Workers Employers Project (DWEP). They will help you. DWEP’s address is: 101 Kenlaw House 27 De Beer Street Braamfontein The telephone number of DWEP is: 39-6757. Editor.

Dear Learn and Teach, I am 69 years old. I don’t work. I have no money. Can I ask the government for money? M.N. Atteridgeville.

Dear M.N. Yes, you can ask the government for money. The government gives old people money. This money is called a pension. When a woman is 60 years old, she can ask for a pension. When a man is 65 years old, he can ask for a pension. Black people get a pension of R40 a month. They get this money every two months. Go to a commissioner near you. Or go to the Administration Board near you. Take your birth certificate with you. If you have problems, go to the Black Sash. They will help you. The address is: Khotso House 42 De Villiers Street Johannesburg The telephone number of Black Sash is: 37-2435. Editor.

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