Marchers were stopping at every farm to hand farmers a memorandum in which they demanded, among other things, an increase in their daily wage to R150. (Picture: Johan Cloete/News24 User)
Pretoria - The new minimum wage for farmworkers is R105 a
day, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant announced on Monday.
The new rate, R36 more than the current minimum wage of R69
a day, would take effect from March 1.
"The new minimum wage... is R105 per day for employees
who work nine hours a day, or R11.66 per hour, R525 weekly, or R2 274.82 per
month," Oliphant told reporters in Pretoria.
This new sectoral determination would be promulgated for a
three-year period, "and... during year two and three, wages will be
increased by CPI... plus 1.5%."
The labour minister's announcement followed countrywide
public hearings on a new minimum wage for the agriculture sector, prompted by
violent protests across parts of the Western Cape.
Farm workers in the region have demanded a R150 a day
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