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southafricalogoANA reports that the Department of Public Works (DPW) has announced an increase in the minimum wage for all workers in the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).  

With effect from 1 November, it will increase from R88.00 to R92.31.  This revised minimum refers to a wage rate per day and per task performed across all EPWP sectors in all spheres of government, i.e. at national, provincial and municipal levels.  The EPWP minimum wage is increased annually in line with the inflation rate.  Stanley Henderson, deputy director-general for EPWP, indicated:  “The EPWP is a critical government initiative which makes a contribution towards a safety net to millions of South Africans who have socio-economic challenges and have the responsibility to provide for themselves and their families.”  Projects employ workers on a temporary or ongoing basis with the government, contractors, or other non-governmental organisations, creating work opportunities in infrastructure, non-state, environment and culture and social sectors.  The EPWP Ministerial Determination determine that participants should work for 40 hours per week, but they can also work on a task basis and the task sizes are governed by the average productivity of a worker in a day.

Read the DPW’s press statement in this regard at SA Govt News

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