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Johannesburg - Turning the national minimum wage into an actual law has raised new problems, including opportunities for “all sorts of abuses” if state projects such as the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) are exempted from the wage.

It appears the department of labour intends to do exactly that, said Shane Godfrey from the University of Cape Town’s Labour and Enterprise Policy Research Group.

The national minimum wage was designed by an expert panel appointed by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and was then turned into an agreement at the National Economic Development and Labour Council.

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