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Labour law in SA: Practice and procedure


Much of the day-to-day practice of labour law is in the hands of advisors and representatives who are not lawyers, and who may have little or no formal legal training.

This short course aims to provide those who may not have a legal background the opportunity to access training in the practical application of labour law both in the workplace and in formal dispute resolution procedures at the CCMA and in bargaining councils. The course provides a strong theoretical and vocational basis to assist delegates in their current or future careers and lays the groundwork for other formal studies in the area of dispute resolution practice or for further study towards a CCMA-accredited qualification.

Join us for a semester-long short course, which includes three two-week contact sessions presented remotely via Zoom.


The course runs from March to July 2021, with three workshops held over the following dates:

Workshop 1 (Modules 1-3)

  • 1-5 March, 14:30-17:30
  • 8-12 March, 14:30-17:30

Workshop 2 (Module 4)

  • 3-7 May, 14:30-17:30
  • 10-14 May, 14:30-17:30

Workshop 3 (Module 5)

  • 5-9 July, 14:30-17:30
  • 12-16 July, 14:30-17:30

Course outline

Successful participants will be equipped with:

  • Appropriate knowledge of basic labour law and industrial relations principles, and the labour market in South Africa
  • An understanding of labour relations aspects within the International Labour Organization (ILO)
  • An appreciation of the requirements of equity and efficiency in the workplace, and economic development and social justice in both the workplace and society at large
  • An understanding and appreciation of diversity
  • An understanding of labour law and related areas of law (for example, the law of contract and evidence) and the ability to apply this in practice
  • Basic competencies in:
    • Drafting legal documents (affidavits, rescission applications, condonation applications, postponement applications, joinder applications)
    • Initiating, investigating, conducting and managing internal disciplinary hearings and incapacity inquiries
    • Representation of parties in the conciliation processes

Who will benefit from this course?

  • Human resource and industrial relations practitioners
  • Owners and senior employees of businesses
  • Labour consultants
  • Organisers, legal officers and other officials of trade unions and employer organisations


The bulk of the lecturing will be presented by:

In addition to the lecturers listed above, a number of leading experts and specialists will attend as guest lecturers, including ILO officials, judges, corporate managers and trade union officials.

How much?

R18,500 per person. The fee includes any course materials. Full payment must be received three days before the course starts.


A certificate of completion from UCT will be awarded to students who successfully complete the programme.

How to sign up

Complete and submit the registration form. You will then be given the payment information. Please note that registrations will not be accepted until payment has been made.

One or two days before the course, we will send you the Zoom link. You will need to register and use a password to enter the virtual classroom.

Registrations close three days before the course starts.

Download the brochure.