Background  (video)


The Guide is a single access point for all labour laws in the SADC region – the first of its kind. Over time it will contribute to:

  • greater understanding of employers’ legal obligations
  • better compliance
  • the promotion of decent work principles
  • facilitating formal business, trade, and employment in and between SADC countries
  • ensuring the sustainable development of the SADC region.

The SADC Labour Law Guide was launched via a regional online event: 12 June 2020

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Welcome & Opening Remarks
Dr. Aggrey Mlimuka SPSF Chairperson
Mrs Cynthia Samuel-OlonjuwonILO Regional Director for Africa
Official Opening
Mr Mpho Balopi – 
Minister of Employment, Labour Productivity
and Skills Development, Botswana
The Labour Law Guide + COVID-19 Dashboard
Ms Tanya Cohen Labour Law Guide Coordinator
Ms Deborah France-MassinDirector, ILO Bureau for Employers’ Activities
Mr Mthunzi Mdwaba IOE Vice President to the ILO
Mr Maxwell Parakokwa Senior Programme Officer – Employment Labour & Youth Directorate of Social & Human Development, SADC
Closing Remarks
Mr Kaiser Moyane
Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) Board Member

The SADC Private Sector Forum (SPSF) exists to support its 16 Member Organisations and directly represents over 10,000 of southern Africa’s leading companies – from Angola to Zimbabwe.

It brings together the private sector from across the region to facilitate integration and trade and to reduce barriers to investment and sustainable growth.

Users interact with the tool depending on their interest – first by selecting the category that interests them and then by selecting the target (whether a country, all SADC countries, or seeing a comparison between countries).

For example, are you interested in Fundamental Rights across the region? If so, begin by selecting the ‘category’ Fundamental Rights from the drop-down menu on the upper left-hand side and then click SADC. Perhaps you’d like to see all the Fundamental Rights provisions for Tanzania. If so, select Fundamental Rights and then under Country, select Tanzania. Or perhaps you’d like to compare the Fundamental Rights provisions in Tanzania with those in Botswana. If so, select Fundamental Rights, then Compare, and then select Tanzania and Botswana. The results will appear side by side.

Yes. You can compare countries in two ways. If you want to know about a specific category (e.g. Minimum Standards Legislation) and you search by SADC, your search results will show you each of the 15 SADC country minimum standards legislation. You can also compare countries by first selecting a category for comparison and then selecting the two countries you want to compare.

The information in the Guide has been compiled by Ms. Tanya Cohen, CEO, Business Unity South Africa alongside her team. Data was sourced from SPSF’s 15 Member Country Organizations. Some of the organizations have depended on local partners to vet the contents. For example, in South Africa, the South African Labour Law Society verified the information featured in the Guide.

The information is updated when relevant laws change. For some countries, this occurs frequently; for others, rarely.

We are proud to partner with a diverse array of stakeholders.

  • The ILO provided the seed funding for the creation of this tool.
  • The SPSF Secretariat and Brand Africa provide continuous in-kind design, strategy, and administrative support.
  • Our generous partners provide the resources to keep the tool up-to-date.