Ramaphosa: R3 500 not a living or decent wage, but it's a start

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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Cape Town – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday acknowledged that the proposed national minimum wage at R3 500 is neither a living wage nor a decent one, but it’s a good launching pad from where wages can be pulled up.

Responding to questions in the National Assembly on the implementation of a national minimum wage, Ramaphosa said the panel at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), which is deliberating on the proposed minimum wage, is expected to make announcement about an agreed number before the end of the year. 

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