National minimum wage panel established

2016-08-14 10:55

Johannesburg – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed an advisory panel to assist with setting a national minimum wage, the Presidency announced in statement on Sunday.

Acting in his capacity as chairperson of the committee of principals at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) the deputy president appointed a seven-person panel to advise on an appropriate level at which a national minimum wage could be set.

The panel comprises Professor Imraan Valodia, a part time member of the Competition Tribunal; Mamokete Lijane Aluwani, a macro strategist from Aluwani Capital Partners; Dr Debbie Collier and Professor Murray Leibbrandt, both from the University of Cape Town; Ayabonga Cawe from Oxfam South Africa; Dr Patrick Belser of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and skills development and training expert, Dr Siphokazi Koyana.

According to some of the research done on a minimum wage, more than two million South Africans are excluded from the minimum wage coverage. A national minimum wage set at an appropriate level could achieve objectives of reducing poverty and inequality.

Nedlac’s agreement for a national minimum wage is aimed at addressing challenges of poverty and inequality as well as reducing pay differences.

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