Our expert says:
No, everyone can most certainly not "smoke where they want to"! The law is very clear on that.
The owner of a workplace can be fined up to R50,000 if his/her premises breach the smoking laws. No more than 25% of a workplace can be designated a smoking area. That area needs to be physically isolated from the rest of the interior i.e. it needs to be enclosed and the smoky air vented to the outside.
You need to keep pestering your local dept of health - the unit or person who deals with health inspection, and demand an inspection is done of youe work premises. Who actually owns the building - your employer may be renting from them, and they need to know the situation.
You are welcome to email me directly about this and I would be happy to help further with this.
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