Farmers in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, and the Western Cape have applied to employ foreign workers after the introduction of a new minimum wage in the sector, an official said on Friday. A total of 6,487 applications to employ foreign labour had been received, with 3,369 coming from Mpumalanga, labour department spokesman Page Boikanyo said. Yet, employing foreign nationals did not exempt farmers from paying the minimum wage of R105 a day. The applications to employ foreign nationals came after the department was informed by Agri SA that farmers in Limpopo and Mpumalanga intended to retrench about 2000 workers. "The department intends to engage with those farmers applying for foreign labour to discuss the possibility of absorbing workers from those farmers intending to retrench," said Boikanyo.
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