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earningsBusinessLive reports that according to labour department director general Thobile Lamati, objections to the draft national minimum wage (NMW) bill by the Wits University National Minimum Wage Research Initiative were "bordering on delusion".  

Lamati dismissed concerns raised by the research group in a detailed media statement on Wednesday, saying they undermined the "intelligence" of the parliamentary portfolio committee on labour and implied the department acted "insolently".  On Monday, the Wits think tank said the department has undermined and weakened some sections of the bill by not correctly reflecting the resolutions of the portfolio committee.  It claimed, among other issues, that the drafting of the sections on the retention of sectoral determinations was weak.  The department said that contrary to what the research group said, it had worked fairly with all social partners to craft the bill.  Lamati said the group had misunderstood the legal provisions for sectoral determinations and additional functions "now given to the NMW commission"."  There is nothing weak about the retention of sectoral determinations nor in the way in which the NMW Commission is empowered to engage with the process of making sectoral determinations," he stated.  Cosatu’s parliamentary officer Matthew Parks said the labour federation was "happy" with the draft bill and considered the legislation as a "major victory".

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