The South African National Minimum Wage: Potential or Concern?

Authors

  • Erik Heppell Stellenbosch University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.25159/2520-9515/5052

Keywords:

minimum wage, South African national minimum wage, unemployment, inequality, poverty, labour market

Abstract

The introduction of a South African national minimum wage has been received with mixed feelings. With the various perceptions in mind, this article considers the role that the South African national minimum wage will possibly assume in the South African context by deliberating on some concerns and the potential it holds based on foreign national evidence and the effect that sectoral determinations have had in South Africa. This article concludes by supporting the introduction of the South African national minimum wage. International evidence and sectoral determinations indicate that the common concerns are often inflated or unwarranted. This is not to say that these concerns should be disregarded, though. The impact and consequences of the South African national minimum wage should be carefully monitored throughout the implementation process in order to optimise its positive impact and minimise any possible negative consequences it may have.

Published

2021-01-20

How to Cite

Heppell, Erik. 2021. “The South African National Minimum Wage: Potential or Concern?”. Journal of Law, Society and Development 6 (1):34 pages. https://doi.org/10.25159/2520-9515/5052.

Issue

Section

Articles
Received 2018-11-09
Accepted 2020-10-29
Published 2021-01-20