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Minimum wage of R8 000 decent, says social body

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Cape Town - South Africa's national minimum wage should be set at R8 000 at least if households are to have the possibility of leading a dignified basic lifestyle, according to Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action (Pacsa).

The organisation, which campaigns for social justice and human rights, recently published economic data which showed how black households in particular are falling deeper into poverty as wages fail to help them develop financial resilience.

In its research, Pacsa considered how families in South Africa are being supported - such as the number of wage earners in one household, their income levels and family sizes - and the cost of goods and services in determining a minimum national wage.

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