The Suggested National Minimum Wage (NMW) - What are the implications and Exemptions?

On 8 February 2017, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that representatives of government, business, the communities and two of the three labour federations[1], represented at The National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), have concluded an agreement on the introduction of a National Minimum Wage (NMW) with effective date of May 2018.

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[1] Deputy President Ramaphosa said “Cosatu was not present to sign the agreement as they asked to get time to complete an internal process of consultation …The Cosatu president told me now that it needs to report to a CEC meeting in two weeks time.” (quoted from: Staff Reporter, Ramaphosa signs minimum wage agreement of R20/h, 8 February 2017. Available from [9 February 2017]