[WATCH LIVE] Minimum wage to take effect on 1 January – Ramaphosa

December 7, 2018 2:28 pm

JOHANNESBURG – President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the national minimum wage will kick in in the new year.

“We’re here to declare that from 1 January 2019, the national minimum wage shall be introduced. No worker in South Africa may be paid below the national minimum wage.”

Speaking in Kliptown, Soweto, a short while ago, the president said the minimum wage of R20 an hour is a step in the right direction.

The president signed the National Minimum Wage Bill into law last month along with the basic conditions of Employment Amendment Bill and the Labour Relations Amendment Bill.

But union federations agree that the implementation of the bills looms large.

Despite mixed views about the promulgation of the R20 an hour minimum wage, both Saftu and Cosatu agree that work needs to be done to make sure its implemented by employers.

WATCH: Ramaphosa announces minimum wage implementation date

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