National Minimum Wage Symposium

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On the 2nd and 3rd of February we hosted a highly successful Symposium with over 250 academics; policy makers; union, business and civil society leaders; reporters; and members of the public in attendance.

Topics ranged from the impact of minimum wages on poverty and inequality and employment, to labour market analysis and statistical modeling, international case studies, and policy proposals. The Symposium included six leading international scholars and a host of local participants.

All presentations, videos and photographs can be access from the links below.


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Media Coverage of Symposium


Eyewitness News (2016) Current median in SA should be considered  BibTeXIn: 2016.BibTeX
BDLive (2016) Minimum wage ‘requires maximum coverage’  BibTeX GERNETZKY, KARL (Ed.): 2016.BibTeX
Times Live (2016) Call for minimum wage for foreigners  BibTeXIn: 2016.BibTeX
Theto Mahlakoana, Zintle Mahlati (2016) Minimum wage debate 'a political issue'  BibTeX2016.BibTeX
Eyewitness News (2016) Cosatu: Workers should expect news on minimum wage  BibTeX2016.BibTeX
Siki Mgabadeli (Ed.) (2016) Looking at the effectiveness of a minimum wage  BibTeX Mgabadeli, Siki (Ed.): 2016.BibTeX
Times Live (2016) Minimum wage 'will boost GDP'  BibTeXIn: 2016.BibTeX
Money Web (2016) Academics in favour of minimum wages  BibTeX Nkabinde, Sungula (Ed.): 2016.BibTeX

Due to the overwhelming response the Symposium is now oversubscribed for the first day. We have organised an overflow room. Those who sign up on Friday 29 January and after will be asked to sit in the overflow room for one session each. Extra catering has been organised. You can still sign up here.

The National Minimum Wage Research Initiative (NMW-RI) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa wishes to invite you to attend our National Symposium on the 2nd and 3rd February 2016.

The symposium will profile the research of our initiative, as well as draw together important international and local experts. We expect policy makers; civil society, union and business leaders; academics; and the press to be in attendance.

DRAFT programme available here.

International speakers include:

Alan Manning
Professor London School of Economics (LSE)

Uma Rani
International Labour Organisation–en/index.htm

Roxana Maurizio
Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento, Argentina

Shanmugam Thiagarajan
National Wage Council, Malaysia

Asghar Adelzadeh
Applied Development Research Solutions

Gabriele Sterkel
ver.di, Germany

Local speakers include:

Arden Finn – University of Cape Town
Bandile Ngidi – Rethink Africa
Benjamin Stanwix – DPRU, University of Cape Town
Debbie Collier – University of Cape Town
Elena Konopelko – NMW-RI, University of the Witwatersrand
Gilad Isaacs – CSID, University of the Witwatersrand
Lotta Takala-Greenish – CSID, University of the Witwatersrand
Neil Coleman – Spokesperson for Labour, Wage Inequality Task Team at Nedlac
Mike Rogan – ISER, Rhodes University
Ruth Castel-Branco – NMW-RI, University of the Witwatersrand
Shane Godfrey – University of Cape Town


Venue: Wits Club, University of the Witwatersrand
See: map and directions.


For information contact us


For their generous support, the National Minimum Wage Research Initiative would like to thank:

– Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), South Africa Office
– Oxfam Great Britain in South Africa
– International Department of LO-Norway

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