From the Government Gazette and Media Statements (5 February 2024)
BASIC INCOME GRANT
- During an address at the ANC’s national executive committee lekgotla, President Cyril Ramaphosa said, ‘There is … a strong case for a permanent form of targeted income support grant for the unemployed within our fiscal constraints’.
- According to Ramaphosa, ‘it has been estimated that the social relief of distress grant in its current form has reduced the number of people living in true poverty by at least two million’. ‘Discussions should continue’ on the basic income grant.
NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE
The Department of Employment and Labour gazetted a notice:
- announcing that, from 1 March 2024, the national minimum wage for every ordinary hour worked will increase by R2,16 to R27.58
- confirming that the new rate will also apply to farm and domestic employees
- raising the minimum hourly rate for expanded public works programme participants to R15.16 per hour from the same date, and
- including schedules prescribing:
- minimum learnership allowances per National Qualification Framework level
- minimum hourly rates for contract cleaning sector employees (differentiating between KwaZulu-Natal and the remainder of South Africa), and
- minimum wages for wholesale and retail sector employees per area and job category.
- The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa gazetted a supplementary discussion document for public comment as the next step in a signal distribution services market inquiry begun in 2021. The outcome of the inquiry will determine whether or not any signal distribution service value chain markets or market segments warrant regulations under the Electronic Communications Act, 2005.
- The South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions gazetted separate notices calling for public comments on:
Prepared by Pam Saxby
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