Those who use their private property as a workplace will now face typical workplace regulations. A new Tobacco Bill seeks to protect domestic workers and children from cigarette smoke by placing limitations on private property owners. Private property owners who employ domestic workers, run a childcare center from their home or offer private tutoring lessons on their property can face fines for smoking while children or domestic workers are present.
The bill is highly controversial, as it marks the first time private property owners can be fined for smoking on their own premises. However, The South African Domestic Service and Allied Workers Union (Sadsawu) says it’s a step in the right direction.
By: Mikayla Tetreault, Staff Writer