On 3 February 2016, the Department of Labour announced an increase in the minimum wage for workers in the farming and forestry sectors, notes a Cape Times report. The department said it applied consumer price index (CPI), excluding owner’s equivalent rent – which is lower than what the department used to apply – to calculate minimum wage increases.
The department said as of 1 March, the minimum wage increases will be adjusted to:
* An hourly rate of R14.25, up from R13.37 in 2015/16;
* A weekly rate of R641.32, up from R601.61;
* A monthly rate of R2 778.83, up from R2 606.78.
* A daily wage for a farm worker who works nine hours per day will now be R128.26 – up from R120.32 in the 2015/16 financial year (email received on 4 February 2016).