South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that his country will enter the minimum wage at the beginning of 2020 into force on January 1, 2020.
In a televised speech in Sotio, west of Johannesburg, Ramavoza said the legislation, which will force companies to pay workers a minimum wage of 20 rand ($ 1.42) an hour, takes effect on the first day of 2019. .
The law was supposed to go ahead as planned on May 1, but has seen delays for several reasons in South Africa.
Although wages are far below ideal, they could help create jobs in South Africa, which has a 27 percent unemployment rate, the president said.
Ramaphosa was one of the mediators in reaching this minimum wage agreement when he was still South Africa's vice president.
By 3:02 pm GMT, the South African currency rose against its US counterpart by 0.8% to drop the dollar to 13.9413 rand.