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January : New Forestry Minimum Wage w.e.f. 1st April 2015

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28 January, 2015

New Forestry Minimum Wage w.e.f. 1st April 2015

In terms of the current Sectoral Determination for the Forestry, with effect from 1st April 2014 the forestry minimum wage became 100% that of the agricultural minimum wage. As the new agricultural minimum wage (w.e.f. 1st March 2015) has been Gazetted (see attached), the new Forestry minimum wage with effect 1st April will be R2 606.78 per month.

This is based on the inflation rate for the lowest quintile published in November 2014 (6.2%) plus 1.5% = increase of 7.7% or R186.37 per month from the current minimum wage of R2 420.41 per month.

New Forestry Minimum Wages w.e.f. 1st April 2015


1st April 2014 -

1st April 2015 -


31st March 2015

31st March 2016


Per Month

R 2 420.41

R 2 606.78

R 186.37

Per Week

R 558.60

R 601.61

R 43.01

Per Day

R 111.72*

R 120.32*

R 8.60

Per Hour

R 12.41

R 13.37

R 0.96

(*for a 9 hour day)

Members should also be aware that they can, in need, apply to the Department of Labour for atemporary 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 following PDF document: Minimum Farm Worker wages 2015

Roger Godsmark
Forestry South Africa
Tel :+27 33 346 0344
Fax:+27 33 346 0399
E-mail  : forest@global.co.za


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