'We wanted a minimum wage that would make an impact' - Ramaphosa

Johannesburg - The panel tasked with determining the proposed minimum wage said they wanted to set a national minimum wage that would "have an impact".

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday that the proposed national minimum wage is R3500 per month, amounting to R20 per hour.

Ramaphosa, in his capacity as chair of the Committee of Principals of the National Economic Development Council (Nedlac) said this would need to be agreed upon by social partners.

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"In the end, we don't want a national minimum wage... that would be so low that [it] wouldn't make an impact," he told reporters in Rosebank. 

He said the fact that 47% of South Africans earned below R3500 was something the country should be concerned about.

Professor Imraan Valodia, head of the seven-person panel, said the NMW should be announced as soon as possible.

The country would have a two-year adjustment process which would give them time to implement and evaluate the evidence, he said. 

The committee was comprised of leaders in labour, business, government and communities, which includes members of the Advisory Panel. 

They consulted more than 60 research reports. They also met with social partners and experts from small business, youth, care work and the informal sectors. 

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Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant said the minimum wage was meant to strengthen the collective bargaining. 

In March this year Ramaphosa said a national minimum could go a long way to provide a much-needed injection into SA's economy. 

In his view the country is progressing well, compared to other countries like Germany and Brazil.

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