President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the new national minimum wage of R20/hour will be effective from the 1st of January.
Speaking at Kliptown in Soweto today President Ramaphosa announced that the new minimum wage of R20 per hour will be in effect as of the 1st of January 2019.
The location of the ceremony had been chosen to pay respect to the Freedom Charter, which had been adopted there in 1955 and had called for a minimum wage in the country.
In late November the president had signed four bills which saw the national minimum wage for most workers raised to R3500 a month. He had not announced a starting date to these policies at that time, instead choosing this occasion to do so.
This newest piece of legislation sees farm workers as well as domestic workers being phased in to the R20 compulsory rate.Currently farm workers will now be earning R18 an hour and domestic workers R15 an hour.
This, according to Ramaphosa, was to ensure that the new law did not lead to mass lay offs.
This sees the end of a four year process that the president had embarked on when appointed by former president Jacob Zuma in 2014 to stabilise the labour environment in the country.
According to COSATU president Zingiswa Losi half of South Africa will directly benefit from the new increase. She explained that 47% of the country currently earned less than the threshold and that it would definitely stimulate the economy.
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