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This week’s feature article unpacks the myth that the National Minimum Wage is a caring and economically sound initiative. The new, compulsory National Minimum Wage (NMW) will force companies to pay employees a minimum of R20 per hour or R3500 per month. While the proponents of the NMW wish to appear compassionate towards workers, the truth is that the 9 million unemployed people in South Africa will face an even greater struggle to get a job. A compulsory NMW is another barrier to employment. Eustace Davie provides a point-by-point, evidence-backed rebuttal to the advocates of the NMW.

FEATURE article  

Anguish over low wages but no pity for the 9 million who earn zero – EUSTACE DAVIE

The proponents of the compulsory National Minimum Wage (NMW) admit that some people at the lowest level of the income scale will lose their jobs. They do not say how many or mention that, for the nine million currently unemployed people, raising the minimum wage will make finding a job even more difficult. Are they prone to Stalin’s cynical logic of “One death is a tragedy; one million is a statistic”? Change “death” to “job loss” and you have “One job lost is a tragedy; nine million unemployed is a statistic”.

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