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'Internships are a grey area in South Africa' - Prof Albert Wocke

Unpaid and underpaid internships in South Africa have come into the spotlight after two popular women's magazines were criticised for unpaid and low-paying internships.

Head of Faculty & HR Lecturer at Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), Professor Albert Wocke spoke to John Robbie about the labour laws and ethics around unpaid internships, which he says it seems internships are widely spread in the media and IT fields.

Professor Wocke said that in the UK, Australia and the US, if you're on an unpaid internship, you have to create a similar environment as a training or vocational programme and that if the ‘intern' performs tasks that benefit the business, that they should be lowest-paid employees and not interns.

Listen to the conversation:


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