According to a press release from the Department of Labour on 7 January 2015 the new minimum hourly wages are binding from 6 January to 30 November 2015.  For the period ending 2016 and 2017 the minimum hourly wages will be determined by using the previous year’s minimum rate + CPI +1.5%.

In terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act – the Sectoral Determination prescribing minimum wages in the contract cleaning sector, an employer must pay an employee in:

  • Area A  – a minimum hourly wage of R16.98 (2013/14: R15.66 – 8.43%) – Metropolitan Councils: City of Cape Town, Ekurhuleni, City of Johannesburg, City of Tshwane and Nelson Mandela; and also in Local Councils: Emfuleni, Merafong, Mogale City, Metsimaholo, Randfontein, Stellenbosch, Westonaria;
  • Area B – the rates applicable are those as prescribed by the Kwa-Zulu Natal Contract Cleaning Bargaining Council; and
  • Area C – a minimum hourly wage of R15.47 (2013/14: R14.19 – 9%) in the rest of South Africa.