• All Share : 52001.01
    DOWN -1.32%
    Top40 - (Tradeable) : 45473.49
    DOWN -1.35%
    Financial 15 : 14714.8
    DOWN -1.58%
    Industrial 25 : 68344.88
    DOWN -1.69%
    Resource 10 : 32486.97
    DOWN -0.37%

  • ZAR/USD : 13.7655
    DOWN -1.07%
    ZAR/GBP : 17.8176
    DOWN -1.00%
    ZAR/EUR : 15.4329
    DOWN -1.01%
    ZAR/JPY : 0.1353
    DOWN -1.31%
    ZAR/AUD : 10.5263
    DOWN -0.84%

  • Gold US$/oz : 1321.3
    UP 0.11%
    Platinum US$/oz : 1032
    UP 0.78%
    Silver US$/oz : 19.31
    UP 1.15%
    Palladium US$/oz : 720
    UP 0.98%
    Brent Crude : 49.24
    UP 0.37%

  • All data is delayed by 15 min. Data supplied by Profile Data
    Hover cursor over this ticker to pause.

Fri Sep 30 17:13:44 CAT 2016

New minimum wage for domestic workers

Sapa | 22 November, 2013 10:30
A domestic worker. File photo.
Image by: Tim Hopwood

The minimum wage of domestic workers will rise from next month, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant announced on Friday.

From December 1, the minimum wage of those working more than 27 hours a week in metropolitan areas will be R9.63 an hour, while that of their rural and small-town counterparts will be R8.30, her department said in a statement.

"[The] minimum wages for domestic workers who work more than 27 hours per week will be... [in] Area A: R9.63 hourly, R433.35 weekly (for a 45-hour week) and R1 877.70 monthly (for a 45-hour week).

"[In] Area B: R8.30 hourly, R373.50 weekly (for a 45-hour week) and R1 618.37 monthly (for a 45-hour week)."

Area A is defined as all urban areas with municipalities, such as Buffalo City, City of Tshwane, Emalahleni (Witbank), Johannesburg, and others. Area B includes those municipalities not included in Area A.

The wage adjustment was part of an annual binding determination made by the minister in terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.

According to the statement, the minimum wages of domestic workers who work 27 hours or less a week will rise to:

- In Area A, R11.27 hourly, R304.29 weekly (for a 27-hour week) and R1 318.48 monthly (for a 27-hour week); and,

- In Area B, R9.80 hourly, R264.60 weekly (for a 27-hour week) and R1 146.51 monthly (for a 27-hour week).

Last year's (2012) hourly rate for Area A was R8.95, and for Area B, R7.65.

The department cautioned that in terms of the law, a domestic worker could not be made to work more than 45 hours a week; more than nine hours a day for a five-day work week; or more than eight hours a day for a six-day work week.

"Overtime must be paid at one-and-a-half times the employee's normal wage, or an employee may agree to receive paid time off," it said.


If you have an opinion you would like to share on this article, please send us an e-mail to the Times LIVE iLIVE team. In the mean time, click here to view the Times LIVE iLIVE section.