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Discount, Retail, farm and forestry Sectors minimum wage hike in February

The Department of Labour has announced the minimum wage increase in different sectors with effect from March this year.

Departmental Spokesperson Teboho Thejane said the minimum  wage in the Wholesale and Retail part will increase by 5,1 and 6,6 percent, while workers in the farming and forestry industries will get 5,6 percent pay climb.

“Workers in the Wholesale and Retail Sector will get wage increament of 5, 1 percent and 6, 6 percent in the separate Metropolitan and Local Municipality according to the sectoral determination,” said Thejane

Employees working in the farms and forestry will get:

Monthly: R3 169, 19 (2017/18: R3001, 13)

Weekly: R731,41 (2017/18: R731,41)

Daily: R146, 28 (2017/18: R138, 52)

Hourly: R1625 (2017/18: R15, 39)

“Their minimum wages will become effective from March 1 to 2018 to February 28, 2019,” said Thejane.

The new minimum wage in the Wholesale and Retail Sector applies to different classifications of workers.

Workers in Area A in the Metropolitan and Local Municipality will get 5, 1 percent pay hike.

They incorporate  Bergrivier, Buffalo City, Cape Agulhas, Cederberg, City of Cape Town, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, City of Tshwane, Drakenstein, Ekurhuleni, Emalahleni, Emfuleni, Ethekwini Metropolitan Unicity, Gamagara, George, Hibiscus Coast, Karoo Hoogland, Kgatelopele,/Khara Hais, Knysna, Kungwini, Kouga, Hessequa Local Authority, Lesedi, Makana, Mangaung, Matzikama, Metsimaholo, Middelburg (Mpumalanga), Midvaal, Mngeni, Mogale, Mosselbaai, Msunduzi, Mtubatuba, Nama Khoi, Nelson Mandela, Nokeng tsa Taemane, Oudtshoorn, Overstrand, Plettenbergbaai, Potchefstroom, Randfontein, Richtersveld, Saldanha Bay, Sol Plaatjie, Stellenbosch, Swartland, Swellendam, Theewaterskloof, Umdoni, uMhlathuze and Witzenberg.

While those in Area B – all other region not recorded in Area A – will get a base increament of 6, 6 percent.

They will get their pay increament with effect from February 1, 2018 until January 31, 2019.

The new minimum wage in the Wholesale and Retail Sector applies to various categories of workers such as: cashiers, general assistants/trolley collector, clerks/sales assistant/sales person/block man/baker/deli assistant, managers, displayers, forklift operators, security guards, merchandisers/shop assistant/checker, managers, sales assistants, sales persons, shop assistant, supervisors and trainee managers.

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