By: Natasha Archary
As of the 1st March 2021, the National Minimum Wage per hour worked will increase from R20,76 to R21,69.
The announcement was made by Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi earlier today.
The National Minimum Wage amount excludes allowances for transport, tools, food, accommodation, tips, bonuses and gifts. It is the basic amount payable for an hour of work, that hard labourers, domestic workers, cleaners and other minimum wage workers are to receive.
Nxesi has warned that it is illegal and amounts to an unfair labour practice for an employer to unilaterally change hours of work or other conditions of employment in implementing the national minimum wage.
Kaya Bizz with Gugulethu Mfuphi spoke to Labour Analyst, Andrew Levy.
There are exceptions for various groups of minimum wage workers as follows:
- Farmworkers are entitled to a minimum wage of R21.69 per hour;
- Domestic workers are entitled to a minimum wage of R19.09 per hour;
- Workers employed on an expanded public works programme are entitled to a minimum wage of R11.93 per hour.
Acting spokesperson for the Department of Employment and Labour, Musa Zondi spoke to Kaya 959 News.
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