New National Minimum Wage Effective 1 March 2020

The minister of labour has gazetted South Africa’s new minimum wage which will take effect from 1 March 2020.

The gazette states that the new national minimum wage is R20.76 – an increase of 3.8%.

As with the original minimum wage introduced on 1 January 2019, the gazette also outlines the minimum wage for workers in certain sectors.

This includes:

  • Farm workers are entitled to a minimum wage of R18.68 per hour;
  • Domestic workers are entitled to a minimum wage of R15.57 per hour;
  • Workers employed on an expanded public works programme (NPWP) are entitled to a minimum wage of R11.42 per hour.


South Africa officially introduced a national minimum wage in January 2019 to protect workers from “unreasonably low wages” and promote collective bargaining.

The National Minimum Wage Act empowers the National Minimum Wage Commission to assess and review the wage each year which means that it is likely to be reviewed again in the coming years

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