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Durham Law: Policy Engagement

Decent Work Regulation in Africa

The project on Decent Work Regulation in Africa is collaboration between Durham University (UK), the University of Cape Town (South Africa) and York University (Canada).

Cape Town, April 2018


A central aim of the Project is to establish a Regional Network of researchers and policy-makers who have an interest in effective labour regulation.

Current project partners include:

  • Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU), South Africa
  • National Clothing Bargaining Council, South Africa
  • South African Apparel Association
  • Coastal Clothing Manufacturers Association, South Africa
  • Department of Labour, South Africa
  • Ministry of Labour and Employment, Lesotho
  • Lesotho Textile Exporters Association (LTEA)
  • Lesotho Industrial Exporters Association (LIEA)
  • United Textile Employees (UNITE), Lesotho.

University of Cape Town


A Regional Meeting will be held in Cape Town on 18 June 2018 to bring together participants from the region and international partners. This meeting will provide the opportunity for regional and international dialogue on legal strategies that can achieve decent work in Africa, with a particular focus on the garment sector.


A Pilot Project on Enforcing Labour Laws in Southern Africa aims to better understand the limitations and strengths of hybrid models in South Africa and Lesotho. The project focuses on whether these models provide a better way to enforce labour rights.

Fieldwork will be carried out during April-July 2018 in the garment sectors in South Africa and Lesotho. This research will involve interviews with stakeholders in both countries, including governments officials, employers, unions, NGOs and other local initiatives, and workers themselves.

For further information, see our Decent Work Regulation in Africa Project Note.

The Project is funded by the UK Global Challenges Research Fund. It builds on the work of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)/GCRF Strategic Network on Legal Regulation of Unacceptable Forms of Work, a global network of more than 50 research and policy bodies in 20 countries in all regions.

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