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Minimum wage for domestic workers rises

Cape Town: Since the 1st of December all employers have to pay domestic workers a minimum wage of R9.63 per hour in urban areas. Salaries in rural areas rise up to R8.30. This confirmed the minister of employment.

Domestic WorkersThe salary for domestic workers, who are working more than 27 hours per week in area A, which defines all urban areas with municipalities, as for example Buffalo City, City of Tshwane, Emalahleni, Johannesburg and so on, is:

• R 9.63 per hour

• R 433.35 per week

• R1 877.70 monthly

The minimum wage for domestic workers who are working more than 27 hours per week in area B, which is defined as a small town, will rise up to: Continue reading

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A facelift in the South African BEE Law: Some Highlights and Possible Shortfalls

The Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Act (No. 53 of 2003) (henceforth “the Act”) is a central instrument with which the South African government has sought to achieve economic transformation in South Africa. The primary aim of the old Act is, inter alia, to reduce inequality in South Africa by increasing the economic participation of Black people in the South African economy.

BEEThe Act has seven codes (henceforth “the old codes”) with which companies operating in South Africa, be it public or private, need to be in compliance – namely: Ownership (O); Management Control (MC); Employment Equity (EE); Skills Development (SD); Preferential Procurement (PP); Enterprise Development (ED) and Socio-Economic Development (SED).

The old codes draws a distinction between three types of companies, that is; those which make a turnover of between R0 to R5 million (Exempted Micro-Enterprises), those which make a turnover of between R5 to R35 (Qualifying Small Enterprises) and those which make a turnover of R35 million and above (Generic). Continue reading

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Mazibuko named new DA parliamentary leader

Democratic Alliance spokesperson Lindiwe Mazibuko was on Thursday elected as the party’s leader in Parliament. She defeated incumbent Athol Trollip for the post. Mazibuko, 31, was expected to win the contest after a number of party stalwarts, including leader Helen Zille, voiced their support for her. She was elected by the DA’s 83-member caucus.

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Scores of duplicate ID’s located

More than 84 000 illegal “duplicate” IDs are eleminated by the Department of Home Affairs over the past years and more than 130 000 still need to be tracked down. Deputy director general of civic services Vusumuzi Mkhize said that the resolved duplicates for the year in question, 2010-11, were 84 500.

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