earningsNews24 reports that speaking at a May Day rally held in Mbombela on Wednesday, Deputy President David Mabuza said the ANC believed the national minimum wage (NMW) was not a living wage but a significant milestone towards it.  

In January, the NMW came into effect after it was signed into law in 2018.  "We know that some will want to say the minimum wage is too little, but we know that it is a minimum not a maximum wage," Mabuza said.  He urged trade unions to continue working with government to ensure that employers were not paying employees anything below the set minimum wage.  Mabuza said that government also continued to call for a safe working environment for miners and all those who worked in harmful conditions.  Meanwhile, ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, speaking in Ekurhuleni, gave an assurance that there were no plans by government to privatise state-owned enterprises, saying that no workers would be losing their jobs.  He also reiterated Mabuza’s sentiments that government would ensure that the NMW and the National Health Insurance were implemented as per the resolutions of the ANC’s 2017 national conference.

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