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nxesiBusinessTech reports that Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) Minister Thulas Nxesi has reiterated that adjustment of the national minimum wage (NMW) was the outcome of an extensive consultation process.

The minister on Monday made the comment in response to the outcry about the newly adjusted NMW rates. The DEL last week announced an increase in the NMW in March from R20.76 per hour to R21.69. Nxesi indicated:  “As we have pointed out before, the minimum wage is really what it says it is. But it is not based on thumb-suck but a well thought out process that allows all the interested parties to have a voice. I have noted with concern the objections from some stakeholders on the adjustment of the NMW and recognise the reality that the Covid-19 pandemic has had a harsh impact on most employers.” He pointed out, however, that the NMW Act permitted employers who were genuinely unable to pay the proposed adjustment to utilise the exemptions procedures in order to be exempted from the NMW. In amending the minimum wage this year, the department said the minister had considered all legal requirements, the report of the commission as well as different inputs from stakeholders. In respect of the inputs received in response to the notice published by the NMW Commission on its recommendations, stakeholders were apparently divided in their recommendations.

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