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Nxesi announces national minimum wage increase

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Minister Thulas Nxesi has endorsed a statement confirming an increase in the national minimum wage, with the hourly rate now being stipulated as at least R21.69.

Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi took to Twitter on Tuesday, 9 February 2021, to circulate a statement announcing an increase in the national minimum wage (NMW). The matter had been a contentious one towards the tail end of last year, in light of the general state of the economy and reduced employment opportunities.

The post noted, “Employment and Labour Minister, TW Nxesi has announced that the national minimum wage (NMW) for each ordinary hour worked has been increased from R20,76 to R21,69 for the year 2021, with effect from Monday, 1 March 2021. The NMW legislation in South Africa came into effect on 01 January 2019 at a level of R20 per hour. In terms of the NMW Act of 2018, the policy framework is a floor level below which no employee should be paid.”

In the statement, the department wrote, “It is illegal and an unfair labour practice for an employer to unilaterally alter hours of work or other conditions of employment in implementing the NMW. The NMW is the amount payable for the ordinary hours of work and does not include payment of allowances (such as transport, tools, food or accommodation), payments in kind (board or lodging), tips, bonuses and gifts.”

See the post below.

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