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Adjustment of the minimum wages in terms of the National Minimum Wage Act

Feb 9,2021

by Jacques van Wyk, Director; Andre van Heerden, Senior Associate; and Thabisa Yantolo, Candidate Attorney

On 8 February 2021 the Minister of Employment and Labour, Thembelani Waltermade Nxesi, also published a Government Gazette[1] providing for the amendment of the national minimum wages, as set out in Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 of the National Minimum Wage Act 9 of 2018. The amendments become effective on 1 March 2021.

Subject to the below, the national minimums wage shall be –

  • R21,69 per ordinary hour worked;
  • R21,69 per ordinary hour for farm workers;
  • R19,09 per ordinary hour for domestic workers;
  • R11,93 per ordinary hour for workers employed on an expanded public works programme.

In addition to the rates set out above, specific minimum wage rates are set for –

  • learnership allowances;
  • workers in the contract cleaning sector (ie Sectoral Determination 1); and
  • workers in the wholesale and retail sector (ie Sectoral Determination 9).

[1] Gazette Number: 44136. Notice No: 76.

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