Do­mes­tic work­ers’ wages to rise

Weekend Witness - - News -

CAPE TOWN — The min­i­mum wage of do­mes­tic work­ers will rise from next month, Labour Min­is­ter Mil­dred Oliphant an­nounced yes­ter­day.

From De­cem­ber 1, the min­i­mum wage of those work­ing more than 27 hours a week in met­ro­pol­i­tan ar­eas will be R9,63 an hour, while that of their ru­ral and small town coun­ter­parts will be R8,30, her depart­ment said in a state­ment.

“[The] min­i­mum wages for do­mes­tic work­ers who work more than 27 hours per week will be … [in] Area A: R9,63 hourly, R433,35 weekly (for a 45hour week) and R1 877,70 monthly (for a 45­hour week).

“[In] Area B: R8,30 hourly, R373,50 weekly (for a 45­hour week) and R1 618,37 monthly (for a 45­hour week).”

Area A is de­fined as all ur­ban ar­eas with mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, such as Buf­falo City, City of Tsh­wane, Emalahleni (Wit­bank), Jo­han­nes­burg, and oth­ers. Area B in­cludes those mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties not in­cluded in Area A.

The wage ad­just­ment was part of an an­nual bind­ing de­ter­mi­na­tion made by the min­is­ter in terms of the Ba­sic Con­di­tions of Em­ploy­ment Act.

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, the min­i­mum wages of do­mes­tic work­ers who work 27 hours or less a week will rise to:

• in Area A, R11,27 hourly, R304,29 weekly (for a 27­hour week) and R1 318,48 monthly (for a 27­hour week); and,

• in Area B, R9,80 hourly, R264,60 weekly (for a 27­hour week) and R1 146,51 monthly (for a 27­hour week).

The depart­ment cau­tioned that in terms of the law, a do­mes­tic worker could not be made to work more than 45 hours a week; more than nine hours a day for a five­day work week; or more than eight hours a day for a six­day work week.

“Over­time must be paid at one­and­a­half times the em­ployee’s nor­mal wage, or an em­ployee may agree to re­ceive paid time off,” it said.

— Sapa.

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