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earningsBusinessLive reports that the national minimum wage (NMW) is set to be implemented in just over a month and the government hopes to have the bill governing the policy enacted in April.  

It also intends to have the 13-member NMW commission that will monitor the policy’s effectiveness appointed by 1 May.  This week stakeholders at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) finalised the NMW regulations, outlining how the policy will be operated.  They also discussed the details of how exemption applications by employers will be handled.  The regulations are ready for public comment.  But Nedlac parties have not reached an agreement on the 90% minimum wage threshold for categories of vulnerable employees such as farm workers.  The government has set the NMW at R20 per hour, or R3,500 a month, with a stipulation that employers have to pay workers a minimum of four hours a day.  The inspectorate services that will oversee the implementation will be at the Department of Labour, with their scope expanded to cover the NMW.

  • Read this report by Theto Mahlakoana in full at BusinessLive
  • Read too, National Minimum Wage is Ramaphosa’s first real test, at Daily Maverick

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