Minimum wage hot topic in Parly

Late last month, Mokgethi was before Parley again defending Botswana’s minimum wage PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Late last month, Mokgethi was before Parley again defending Botswana’s minimum wage PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

With the government set to adjust the minimum wages rates before the end of this financial year, the topic has been dominating Parliament recently as legislators continue to bring the issue before Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Anna Mokgethi.

A minimum wage is the lowest amount a worker can be paid hourly determined by law and paying an individual below the minimum wage is illegal. On Friday Lobatse Member of Parliament, Dr Thapelo Matsheka asked Mokgethi amongst others the factors considered in setting the minimum wage in Botswana.

He had also asked and whether the latter considered that the level of the minimum wage compensates for the cost of living. In response, Mokgethi outlined that the factors that are considered in setting the minimum wage in Botswana are outlined under section 133(2) of the Employment Act.

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