Members of the national minimum wage commission expected to be announced

Business Day says it has been reliably informed that Labour minister Mildred Oliphant has appointed a 13-member national minimum wage commission and will announce the details thereof this week.

According to the publication the the new commission will be chaired by professor Adriaan van der Walt, a labour law academic at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth.

READ: 6 things you should know about the controversial minimum wage bill

Political Writer at Business Day Theto Mahlakoana says the commission will also include Global Business Solutions CEO Jonathan Goldberg, Nedbank executive Kaizer Moyane and Cosatu deputy general secretary Solly Phetoe.

She says the appointments are quite pleasing.

In my perspective, everyone on that commission has earned their stripes to be able to contribute meaningfully to the objective of the government to ensure not only do they manage the national minimum wage process but also ensure that there is the kind of expertise that we require to be able to manage it in an informative way and make sure we don't have a fallout of job losses.

Theto Mahlakoana, Political Writer at Business Day

The constituencies oat Nedlac had an opportunity to nominate those names with government having the final say.

Theto Mahlakoana, Political Writer at Business Day

CEO at Business Unity South Africa ( BUSA),Tanya Cohen says they are concerned about the composition of the experts on the commission.

This was one of the issues we negotiated very hard on with Nedlac, in terms of how the commission would be constituted and the eventual solution we arrived at was that there would be three representatives from each of the constituencies - business, labour and community.

Tanya Cohen, CEO at Business Unity South Africa ( BUSA)

We concerned that there isn't labour economic expertise on the commission. The other is that that balance between taking into account business interests and affordability is really important and we don't think the balance is right in that regard.

Tanya Cohen, CEO at Business Unity South Africa ( BUSA)

Chairperson of parliament’s portfolio committee on labour Lemias Mashele says he is not aware of any developments around the commission but expects that it will assist in the process.

As a committee we need a commission that has got the specified number of experts that will assist us in looking at the economic outlook and all other relevant economic factors that requires that we don't go on the wrong route.

Lemias Mashele

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