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In the debate over minimum wage, people often become distracted by their inner altruism and ignore the logic behind the economic laws that govern labour markets and the macro-economy of SA. Merely subscribing to normative statements such as, "People should be able to access healthcare and higher education" or "People should be able to earn a living wage" provides little insight into the mechanisms by which these things could be achieved. Simply put, economic growth and the development of a skilled workforce are the keys to raising wages, not further regulation. Advocates for regulation typically jump straight from "People should be able to earn a living wage" to "We should raise the minimum wage in SA". However, there are economic forces at play that make this seemingly straight-line thinking look more like a highway through the Drakensberg mountains. As beautiful as the destination may be, ignoring these paths will surely make South Africans travel-sick before they ever get there. ...

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