The flaw in the minimum wage debate

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Cape Town - The minimum wage debate has again erupted with the release this week of a University of Witwatersrand (Wits) report that suggests a minimum wage for the country of between  R4 500 and R5 000.

Unions, civil society organisations, business and government at the National Development Economic and Labour Council (Nedlac) in June seemed to be moving toward an agreed minimum of between R3 000 and R3 700, although Cosatu was holding out for R4 500.

The latest suggestion from the Wits report maintains that the higher basic wage would provide an impetus to the local economy and boost South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) by more than 2%.

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