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We can no longer ignore the effects of the minimum wage and other bad laws

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The minimum wage was the very least we needed to do to build this country. Picture: iStock/Gallo Images
The minimum wage was the very least we needed to do to build this country. Picture: iStock/Gallo Images

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The minimum wage continues to haunt South Africa, as if the traumatic experience of 2020 with its lockdowns, which have now given us a 43.1% unemployment rate under the more sensible expanded definition, were not enough.

The latest move comes courtesy of the National Minimum Wage Commission which was created by the National Minimum Wage Act. This body has the power to recommend National Minimum Wage (NMW) adjustments to the minister of labour.

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