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In terms of the Prescribed Rate of Interest Act, you are entitled to 15,5% per annum from the date that the salary is due and payable.

The Basic Conditions of Employment Act says that your salary is due and payable within seven days from the last date of your payment cycle.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Thank you. If the employer does not meet his self imposed deadline to repay you your salary is :

  • that an act of insolvency and

  • can you apply to have the company liquidated and

  • what is the position if one is paid offshore by an Mauritius registered company

  • Regards,

  • Rob

Okay, so this employer is not a South African employer?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Apologies about the delay in responding to your query. Before I get to your request for clarification - what is your opinion of the two previous questions - 'act of insolvency and liquidation'?


Actually the company that I work for is registered in Mauritius for the purposes of tax efficiency - it has no employees and does not 'operate'. In other words it is a holding company. Sometimes I get paid by this Mauritian holding Co and sometimes from SA, depending on where there are sufficient funds to pay me. To complicate things further I do project work in Mozambique for two Mz registered operating companies that are 'controlled' (from an equity point of view) by the M company.

I suppose the obvious question is what does my letter of appointment say. Well, it has the M company as the employer due to the tax advantages but in reality does not exercise any control over my working life that all comes from SA. Too complicated?

It could be construed as an Act of Insolvency in South Africa. If it is not a South African company, the Insolvency laws applicable in this country is not going to assist you at all, since you would have to apply for their liquidation in Mauritius.

If this company does not have a South African "footprint", taking legal action is going to be difficult because of issues of jurisdiction. If there is a SA registered company that can be said to be a filial of this Mauritian Company, then you can take on this SA registered filial for non-compliance with labour legislation, but whether you can liquidate it based on the debt of the holding company, I cannot say with any degree of certainty, unfortunately.