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South African Farm Workers’ Minimum Wage Just Got Raised, And It’s Still Peanuts

Try raising a family on R3, 169.19 per month.

South African farm workers are among the worst paid in the country. Some farmers don't even pay them the minimum wage, which is low already.


Yesterday, the South African Department of Labor announced an increase in minimum wage for farm works. The new figures will come into effect on the 1st of March, and will be reviewed again in February 2019.

Even though a 5.6% increase is reasonable, the figures are still ridiculously low. The figures will be as follows: R3, 169. 19 (monthly), R731. 41 (weekly), R146.28 (daily) and R16.25 (hourly).

These figures are still scant. Try raising a family on R3, 169.19 per month.

According to IOL, the Congress of South African Trade Unions says that all minimum wages should be reviewed to ensure that they are above the minimum wage to be implemented.

The news website quoted the regional secretary of the Western Cape region of Cosatu, Tony Ehrenreich, as saying: "The essential crisis of the SA economy is that workers are too lowly paid and are not consumers to assist in driving up aggregate demand in the economy. The moral implications of this wage policy is that the growing inequalities are leading to less social cohesion and sustainable development. We need to see decent work and a living wage top the agenda of the department of Labor."

The agricultural industry association, AgriSA is still to make comments on the feasibility of these figures.

We surely can do better.

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Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

Tems - Crazy Tings (Official Video) www.youtube.com

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