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Mon Nov 30 19:01:38 SAST 2015

New minimum farm wage set

Sapa | 04 February, 2013 14:30
Striking farm workers carry a placard demanding a minimum wage of R150 as they march towards police at De Doorns on the N1 highway, linking Cape Town and Johannesburg. File photo

The new minimum wage for farmworkers is R105 a day, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant announced on Monday.

The new rate, R36 more than the current minimum wage of R69 a day, would take effect from March 1.

"The new minimum wage... is R105 per day for employees who work nine hours a day, or R11.66 per hour, R525 weekly, or R2274.82 per month," Oliphant told reporters in Pretoria.

This new sectoral determination would be promulgated for a three-year period, "and... during year two and three, wages will be increased by CPI... plus 1.5%."

The labour minister's announcement followed countrywide public hearings on a new minimum wage for the agriculture sector, prompted by violent protests across parts of the Western Cape.

Farm workers in the region have demanded a R150 a day minimum wage.


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