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The National Council of Provinces’ (NCOP’s) select committee on economic and business development on Tuesday adopted the national minimum wage bill, moving it a step closer to its implementation. The bill, which provides for a national minimum wage of R20 per hour, was adopted without amendment and will now proceed to the plenary of the NCOP for adoption. After that it will be forwarded to President Cyril Ramaphosa for his signature and enactment. Agricultural workers are set to earn R18 an hour and R15 was stipulated for domestic workers. The bill also provides for the establishment of a National Minimum Wage Commission which will review the minimum wage once a year. Vusi Magwebu, the DA’s member on the committee, opposed the general application of the proposed national minimum wage saying that not all economic sectors could afford it. It could potentially choke small businesses and overload the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) with disputes. Magwebu wa...

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