Farmworkers’ minimum wage upped to R105 a day

The new rate, R36 more than the current minimum wage of R69 a day, will take effect from March 1.

"The new minimum wage … is R105 per day for employees who work nine hours a day, or R11.66 per hour, R525 weekly, or R2274.82 per month," Oliphant told reporters in Pretoria.

This new sectoral determination would be promulgated for a three-year period, "and … during year two and three, wages will be increased by CPI … plus 1.5%."

The labour minister's announcement followed countrywide public hearings on a new minimum wage for the agriculture sector, prompted by violent protests across parts of the Western Cape.

Fawu calls for R150 per day
?Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu) general secretary Katishi Masemola said on Saturday that it maintains that the minimum wage be increased again to R150 at a later stage.

Masemola said the union would also focus on further demands for its workers and called for the home affairs department to provide a special dispensation document for workers in the Western Cape farms.

Workers embarked on strike action last year, demanding the minimum wage be increased to R150 from R69. They were also demanding a cohesive land reform programme be implemented. The strike was suspended in December but resumed in January.

In November, a man was killed during protests outside Wolsely in the Western Cape. In January, Western Cape police fired rubber bullets at workers in De Doorns protesting for better wages.

De Doorns was the epicentre of violent clashes between protesters and police.On January 10, police used a water cannon, fired rubber bullets and stun grenades in an attempt to disperse thousands of strikers who pelted them with stones.

A truck was hijacked and set alight on January 12. – Additional reporting by Sapa

Advertisting

EFF tackles apartheid legislation

While the ANC in Parliament found itself defending the presence of FW de Klerk at the State of the Nation address last week, the government was also — in court this time — defending an apartheid-era law

Steenhuisen takes the lead in DA race while Ntuli falters

‘If you want a guarantee buy a toaster. This is politics’
Advertising

Press Releases

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs

Looking inwards

Businesses are finding tangible ways to give back – but only because consumers demand it