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Sat Jan 31 09:04:13 CAT 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
Image by: MIKE HUTCHINGS / REUTERS

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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