Eateries must pay waitering staff basic wage (patrons not obliged to tip)

As we head into the festive season and people head to restaurants, The Kieno Kammies Show asks is tipping the right way to earn a living or not?

Kieno Kammies speaks to consumer journalist Wendy Knowler to find out how it all should work. There are a number of jobs that are affected in this way, but waitering seems most prevalent.

"It is the one area we most come into contact with where people mostly earn tips."

Wendy Knowler, consumer journalist

While many staff depend often entirely on gratuities to earn their living, Knowler says this is not legal.

The employers, the owners of the cafes and restaurants, are obliged to pay them a certain minimum wage'

Wendy Knowler, consumer journalist

Technically it is not up to us patrons to ensure they go home at night having earned something.

Wendy Knowler, consumer journalist

She says it is legislated in the sectoral determination act which covers hospitality industry workers. Unfortunately, she says not much has changed in practice and waitering staff bank on tips to survive.

We are not obliged to pay tips at all.

Wendy Knowler, consumer journalist

Sometimes owners of these eateries are adding a service fee on top of an already built in service fee. She says there are issues around disclosure in South Africa and customers are not obliged to pay.

Listen to this consumer journalist explaining waitering staff and patrons rights when it comes to the issue of tipping:

Read More
Xander Apps prepare little kids for big school (soon in all 11 SA languages!)

Xander Apps prepare little kids for big school (soon in all 11 SA languages!)

Mom Sibella Knott-Craig realised how few age-appropriate children's apps were out there - and none in SA vernacular languages.

2013: Africa Melane recalls the day that Madiba died

2013: Africa Melane recalls the day that Madiba died

As we continue to celebrate 20 years of CapeTalk, Africa Melane recalls the death of South African icon Nelson Mandela.

Pick n Pay offering township spaza shops convenient supply chain service

Pick n Pay offering township spaza shops convenient supply chain service

Pick n Pay's deputy CEO Richard van Rensburg explains how the concept of partnering with spaza shops came about.

Cape's water rationing in full swing, pressure drops even further

Cape's water rationing in full swing, pressure drops even further

According to the City's James-Brent Styan, some areas might end up with no water as pressure drops even further during peak hours.

SA's massive data breach was not intentional - security expert

SA's massive data breach was not intentional - security expert

Australian information security expert says a Pretoria based real estate company accidentally published SA's personal data.

First time car buyer? Here's what you need to know

First time car buyer? Here's what you need to know

Buying a car for the first time could be a bit tricky. Motoring expert Adam Ford shares a few important things to look out for.

Popular articles
Three mistakes to avoid when nominating a beneficiary

Three mistakes to avoid when nominating a beneficiary

Certified Financial Planner Paul Roelofse has a difficult conversation with Phemelo Motene around nominating a beneficiary.

Why low sexual desire is not 'abnormal'

Why low sexual desire is not 'abnormal'

Low sex drive is common and non-sexual relationships can also be fulfilling, explains clinical sexologist Dr Eve.

Man wants end to six-year marriage after wife refuses to cook for him

Man wants end to six-year marriage after wife refuses to cook for him

Geoffrey Matovu filed for divorce in the Family Division of the High Court accusing Ms Tryphena Nakiyingi of being disrespectful.

Jerome Booysen of Sexy Boy's life could be under threat

Jerome Booysen of Sexy Boy's life could be under threat

A fight broke at a hospital where Booysen was admitted and it is believed Booysen was the target of the scuffle.

Estate agent Aida admits it’s the source of SA’s largest data hack ever

Estate agent Aida admits it’s the source of SA’s largest data hack ever

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Stuff magazine’s Toby Shapshak.

UCT engineering student creates affordable grey water system

UCT engineering student creates affordable grey water system

Nkosinathi Nkomo came up with a system that could turn grey water into usable water amidst the Cape Town water crisis.

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

3 emergency numbers you should have on speed dial and how they work

These are the emergency numbers you should have on your cellphone and this is what you must understand about how they work.