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January : New Forestry Minimum Wage w.e.f. 1st April 2014

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29 January, 2014

New Forestry Minimum Wage w.e.f. 1st April 2014

In terms of the current Sectoral Determination for the Forestry Industry, with effect from 1st April 2014 the forestry minimum wage will be 100% that of the agricultural minimum wage (it is currently 98% of the agricultural wage).  As the new agricultural minimum wage has been Gazetted (see attached), the following applies:

New Forestry Minimum Wages w.e.f. 1st April 2014

1st April 2013 - 1st April 2014 -


31st March 2014
31st March 2015
Per Month
R 2 229.32
R 2 420.41
R 191.09
Per Week
 R 514.50
 R 558.60
 R 44.10
Per Day
 R 102.90*
 R 111.72*
 R 8.82
Per Hour
 R 11.43
 R 12.41
 R 0.98
*for a 9 hour day

Although the agricultural minimum wage was increased by 6.4%, because the forestry minimum wage has moved up to be on a par with the agricultural wage (i.e. it has moved from a lower base), the increase in the minimum wages indicated in the table above in 8.6%.

Members should also be aware that they can, in need, apply to the Department of Labour for a temporary exemption from these new rates should they be able to prove to the Department's satisfaction that they cannot afford them.  Members should contact their local DoL office to make the necessary application in such instances.

Download the Word document: NEW MINIMUM WAGE 2014

Roger Godsmark
Operations Director
Forestry South Africa
Tel :+27 33 346 0344
Fax: +27 33 346 0399