According to Reuters, the office of the South African President disclosed on Monday, as part of the efforts by the government to tackle wage inequality in Africa’s most industrialized economy.
This is coming as Organized Labour is battling with Nigeria’s government to sign its agreed N30,000 minimum wage into law.
The law will come into force on a date to be determined by Ramaphosa, the presidency said.
Supporters of the minimum wage say it will reduce inequality and stimulate economic growth as workers spend more.
But critics say it could lead to increased unemployment, already at record highs, because some employers won’t be able to afford higher wage bills.
Thousands of union members protested against the proposed minimum wage in April, saying it was too low.
Ramaphosa’s office said in a statement that while the national minimum wage will not end income inequality, it was a first step towards addressing the clamor for a living wage.