South Africa to increase national minimum wage by March

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South Africa will increase it’s minimum wage this year in March by roughly 3.8%. While the increase is reportedly in line with annual inflation, it’s far below what unions had asked for last year, which was an increase of 12.5% on the basis that the minimum wage had not been increased for two years.

Although the new national minimum wage of R20 came into effect on 1 January 2019, the law that passed it was approved in November 2017.

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In an official notice published on Monday, labour minister Thulas Nxesi announced that this year, the new national minimum wage will be set at R20.76 per hour. Certain categories of workers have lower minimum wages and increases for these sectors range between 3.77% and 3.818%. Take a look below and read more on the latest local news, right here.

New minimum wages to come into effect on 1 March 2020.
  • National minimum wage: R20.76 per hour.
  • Domestic workers: R15.57 per hour.
  • Contract cleaning staff: between R20.83 and R22.84 per hour, depending on the geographic area.
  • Farmworkers: R18.68 per hour.
  • Workers in the government’s expanded public works programme: R11.42 per hour.


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