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Author : Jackson Mthembu

ANC statement on the minimum wage level for farm labourers

5 January 2013

The African National Congress (ANC) welcomes the announcement by government on the new level of minimum wage for farm workers from 1 March 2013 to 28 February 2014 pegged at R105 per day for employees who work 9 (nine) hours a day or R11.66 per hour, R525 weekly or R2274.82 per month.

This new government offer will surely go a long way in ensuring that we eradicate poverty in the farming community as well as improve on their socio-economic conditions.

As the ANC, we are confident that through government land and agrarian reform policies and intensive labour relation policies, the face of the agricultural landscape and food security in South Africa will be secured.

The ANC salutes all the workers for their incredible sacrifices and selfless struggles to bring greater social justice and fairness on farms and to those who lost their lives in this struggle for a noble cause. We however are concerned about the level of violence that we have seen in these demonstrations, but believe that through the involvement of all stakeholders, this challenge will be overcome.

Issued by:
Jackson Mthembu
ANC National Spokesperson
African National Congress

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