Hi there Japie,
Well, firstly I think that you had a good argument to be made that this person was never an employee, but rather a contract worker who would assist you for a fixed term contract of 3 months. If that is the case, then he could never have been "fired" and he could never have gone to the CCMA and lodged a claim for unfair dismissal.
Your PROBLEM however is that you missed the hearing date. You've basically missed the trial, and the CCMA has given an award in your absence.
If have a REALLY good reason for not being able to make the hearing you could apply for a rescission of the award. You'll need to set out full reasons - and I can tell you that there are not many. Unless you were dying in hospital, you should have been there, or arranged that somebody from your company is there.
I don't think that you have good grounds to challenge the award.
You also can't take the award on appeal since there is nothing to appeal. The decision which the CCMA handed down was based on all of the evidence which was before them at the time. You didn't have any evidence to present, so you can't appeal the award.
In my opinion you are going to have to comply with the award once it is received.
I'm sorry to say....
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