Farm Economics Publications

The potential impact of the national minimum wage on the agricultural sector

An analysis of agricultural wages in South Africa.

The South African government is pursuing the dual goal of ensuring maximum employment and wages. The relevance of these goals cannot be disputed but they are often in conflict and hence a fine balance has to be struck between ensuring that workers receive a decent wage whilst ensuring the long term financial sustainability of agribusinesses, investment and ensuring a conducive environment for maximum employment.

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