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The Department of Labour determines what the minimum wage is that is payable to domestic workers. The rates vary with reference to where the person works and also with regard to whether the position involves less or more than 27 hours a week.

The wages are generally updated towards the end of each year. The current minimum wages were announced in November last year and kicked in on 1 December 2015. They are as follows:

Area A refers to large metropolitan municipalities and built up areas and suburbs. 
Area B is all other municipalities. 
The full list can be viewed here.

Domestic workers who work 27 ordinary hours a week or more
Minimum             Area A             Area B   
Hourly Rate:       R11.44             R10.23   
Weekly Rate:      R514.82          R460.15   
Monthly Rate:     R2 230.70       R1 993.82

Domestic workers who work less than 27 ordinary hours a week
Minimum            Area A             Area B
Hourly rate:        R13.39            R12.07
Weekly Rate:     R361.50          R325.98
Monthly Rate:    R1 566.35       R1 412.49

According to Businesstech (16 November 2015), the minimum figures are aligned to the estimated cost of essential food and non-food items needed to survive, as determined by the School of Economic and Business Sciences at the University of Witwatersrand. The sum arrived at was R1,319 for one person and R5,276 for a household of four. 

(Previous research showed that as many as 45% of workers are paid below the established minimum wage.)

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