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How much should an intern earn?

An SA magazine has been slammed after it emerged it's paying interns just R30 a day.

Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - While fashion magazine Marie Claire reviews its internship programme, there've been concerns that South Africa's law is unclear about whether the interns should be considered junior employees.

The magazine has faced a backlash on social media after it emerged that it's paying interns R30 a day, despite their contributions of writing stories for its website.

(6) While I agree with paying your dues, it doesn't help to make people feel defeated before they've even begun.. #marieclaire

Marie Claire gives its interns only the amount of money they need to afford Marie Claire.

Sorry #MarieClaire, be better.

The interns are expected to work from 8:30am until 5:00pm every week day and the R30 has been described as a stipend.

Head of human resources at GIBS Professor Albert Wocke said, "If an intern is actually conducting a part of the business, they are deemed an employee in Australia, the UK or the US. Yet, it's a bit of a grey area. So whether it be interns or employees or not will be one that Marie Claire will probably fail. They'll most certainly fail that test in the UK and Australia."

He said in the US employers are required to create a training environment for interns.

"You'll need classrooms or vocational training."

LISTEN: Unpacking the internship debacle

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