Ramaphosa establishes national minimum wage panel

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has established a panel to help define a national minimum wage.

FILE: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has established a panel to help define a national minimum wage.

The chairperson of the committee of principals of the National Economic Development and Labour Council ( Nedlac) says this committee will provide feedback by the end of next month.

During a question and answer session in the National Council of Provinces earlier today, the leader of government business was asked by the Economic Freedom Fighters' Tebogo Mokwele to outline steps taken to arrive at a national minimum wage.

"This is vitally important work, because we need to ensure that a national minimum wage makes a meaningful difference in the lives of the working poor and their communities."

Some economists earlier indicated the implementation of a minimum wage will aid in reducing poverty and that the initial decision for government should be to determine the wage total.