B-BBEE Empowerment Services
Skills Development

National Minimum Wage Act, EE Act, Critical Skills List

Thembelani Nxesi, Minister of Employment and Labour, announced in a Gazette published on the 8th of February that the new national minimum wage will be R21.69 for each ordinary hour.

The Gazette also provides exceptions for the following workers:

  1. farmworkers are entitled to a minimum wage of R21.69 per hour;
  2. domestic workers are entitled to a minimum wage of R19.09 per hour;
  3. workers employed on an expanded public works programme are entitled to a minimum wage of R11.93 per hour; and
  4. workers who have concluded learnership agreements contemplated in section 17 of the Skills Development Act, 1998 (Act No. 97 of 1998), are entitled to the allowances contained in Schedule 2.

This amendment will commence from 01 March 2021.

National Minimum Wage


The Portfolio Committee on Employment and Labour has extended the deadline date to comment on the Employment Equity Amendment Bill [B 14-2020].

The Bill seeks to amend the Employment Equity Act, 1998, so as to:

  • amend a definition;
  • to insert certain definitions, to substitute a definition, and to delete a definition;
  • provide for the Minister to identify sectoral numerical targets in order to ensure the equitable representation of suitably qualified people from designated groups; and
  • to provide for matters connected therewith.

Comments can be emailed to Mr. Zolani Sakasa by email: equitybill@parliament.gov.za
Enquiries can be directed to Mr. Zolani Sakasa by telephone: 083 709 8488

The closing date for written submissions is Friday, 05 March 2021 at 16:30.

Employment Equity Bill


The Department of Home Affairs has published the Draft Critical Skills List [2020] and has invited interested persons, communities, organisations, and institutions to submit comments on the Technical Report for the 2021 Critical Skills List.

Comments can be directed to Mr. Phindiwe Mbhele by email: cswv@dha.gov.zaOR
By post/hand-delivered:
Mr. Phindiwe Mbhele
Department of Home Affairs (Hallmark Building)
17th Floor
236 Johannes Ramokhoase Street
Pretoria 0001

Enquiries can be directed to Mr. Phindiwe Mbhele by telephone:
(012) 406 7068 / 4572

The closing date for written submissions is Wednesday, 31 March 2021 at 16:00.

Critical Skills List


Contact the BES Team if you need more information.
All the best,