Socially Acceptable Lesson 9

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Socially Acceptable Lesson 9

The contract

When you are employed by a company, you must have a contract in writing that should include your personal details like your full names, identity number, address and level of education. It must also indicate what you will be paid, how your wages will be calculated, the number of leave days you will be entitled to and your job responsibilities. No money may be deducted from your salary unless you have signed permission for the company to do so.

These details are required by The Basic Conditions of Employment Act of 1997. It is your right and the company’s responsibility to put it in place. The contract is to protect you and the company. It must be signed by yourself and the company. However, you should not sign any contract unless you have read it and understood it. Therefore you also have a responsibility to learn to read and write.

The company has a responsibility to inform you of your rights in the workplace. This will include your lunch time, tea times and the time for starting and ending every day. The rules and regulations for senior staff will differ from those of junior staff. Women with babies have different rules and regulations than men. Some women are allowed four months paid maternity leave, where the father of the baby is only allowed three days.

It is your responsibility to prove you were sick if you stayed away from work for that reason. Always be honest with your employer, because he or she may just bump into you at the movies when you phoned to say you are sick! If you need to go for an interview, rather put in a day’s leave.

You have a responsibility to do your job in the best manner possible and not to steal company time or anything else like a company pen, glue or ruler just because “the company can afford it” and “your child needs it.”

Always remember:

  • If you start mornings at eight, don’t be late.
  • If lunch is not one hour long, don’t be sour.
  • If the boss is in a bad mood, wait for tea time to eat your food.

The contract
Michael could not read or write. Over the years he just learned to sign his name. When he was standing in the queue at the place where he had to complete important documents to get money that was due to him as an inheritance, he trusted a stranger. The stranger filled in some details and told him: “Man, if the contract is written by the lawyers, it is most likely perfect. Just sign it, after all, the sooner you get the money the better.”

The money was paid out within twenty four hours. What Michael did not know was that the stranger filled in his own banking details, as if he were Michael’s guardian. Legally, Michael had signed the money over to him!

Good advice
If a stranger asked you to complete forms for him because he cannot read and write, it would be best to do so in the presence of at least two trusted witnesses.


Group discussion

  1. Discuss which you can identify in this story.
  2. Do you think it is your responsibility to work the correct hours every day, as in your contract? If you arrive ten minutes late for work or leave ten minutes early every day Monday to Friday – how much company time are you stealing?
  3. If you use your time for gossiping instead of working, is that also stealing company time?
  4. What kind of things could you do to show you are a responsible worker?
  5. Do you have a right to be paid for the work you do? Is that biblical?
  6. 1 Timothy 5:18 says: “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading the grain.” In other words, when a person is working, food should be provided for that person. What does the verse teach us about paying fair wages to workers?
  7. Do you think a father should also have the right to four months leave when his baby is born? Why?
  8. Some people just take a day off and then tell their employers they were sick. What do you think about Christians who also do this?
  9. Why is it important to learn to read and write if you can just ask someone to read and write things for you?
  10. What does the Bible say about signing surety for someone else’s debt? (See Prov 22:26-27.)






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The contract

When you are employed by a company, you must have a contract in writing that should include your personal details like your full names, identity number, address and level of education. It must also indicate what you will be paid, how your wages will be calculated, the number of leave days you will be entitled to and your job responsibilities. No money may be deducted from your salary unless you have signed permission for the company to do so.

These details are required by The Basic Conditions of Employment Act of 1997. It is your right and the company’s responsibility to put it in place. The contract is to protect you and the company. It must be signed by yourself and the company. However, you should not sign any contract unless you have read it and understood it. Therefore you also have a responsibility to learn to read and write.

The company has a responsibility to inform you of your rights in the workplace. This will include your lunch time, tea times and the time for starting and ending every day. The rules and regulations for senior staff will differ from those of junior staff. Women with babies have different rules and regulations than men. Some women are allowed four months paid maternity leave, where the father of the baby is only allowed three days.

It is your responsibility to prove you were sick if you stayed away from work for that reason. Always be honest with your employer, because he or she may just bump into you at the movies when you phoned to say you are sick! If you need to go for an interview, rather put in a day’s leave.

You have a responsibility to do your job in the best manner possible and not to steal company time or anything else like a company pen, glue or ruler just because “the company can afford it” and “your child needs it.”

Always remember:

  • If you start mornings at eight, don’t be late.
  • If lunch is not one hour long, don’t be sour.
  • If the boss is in a bad mood, wait for tea time to eat your food.

The contract
Michael could not read or write. Over the years he just learned to sign his name. When he was standing in the queue at the place where he had to complete important documents to get money that was due to him as an inheritance, he trusted a stranger. The stranger filled in some details and told him: “Man, if the contract is written by the lawyers, it is most likely perfect. Just sign it, after all, the sooner you get the money the better.”

The money was paid out within twenty four hours. What Michael did not know was that the stranger filled in his own banking details, as if he were Michael’s guardian. Legally, Michael had signed the money over to him!

Good advice
If a stranger asked you to complete forms for him because he cannot read and write, it would be best to do so in the presence of at least two trusted witnesses.

Group discussion

  1. Discuss which you can identify in this story.
  2. Do you think it is your responsibility to work the correct hours every day, as in your contract? If you arrive ten minutes late for work or leave ten minutes early every day Monday to Friday – how much company time are you stealing?
  3. If you use your time for gossiping instead of working, is that also stealing company time?
  4. What kind of things could you do to show you are a responsible worker?
  5. Do you have a right to be paid for the work you do? Is that biblical?
  6. 1 Timothy 5:18 says: “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading the grain.” In other words, when a person is working, food should be provided for that person. What does the verse teach us about paying fair wages to workers?
  7. Do you think a father should also have the right to four months leave when his baby is born? Why?
  8. Some people just take a day off and then tell their employers they were sick. What do you think about Christians who also do this?
  9. Why is it important to learn to read and write if you can just ask someone to read and write things for you?
  10. What does the Bible say about signing surety for someone else’s debt? (See Prov 22:26-27.)

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