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The Department of Labour will next week hold nationwide public hearings on the contract cleaning sector which will review the minimum wage for the sector.

The hearings will begin simultaneously on Thursday in Mpumalanga, Northern Cape and Gauteng.

In Mpumalanga, the public hearing will be held at the department’s offices’ boardroom at Standard Bank building at 29 Brown Street, in Nelspruit.

In the Northern Cape, it will be held at Savoy Hotel 19 Old De Beers Road and in Gauteng it will be held at the department’s main boardroom at 3rd floor of 77 De Korte Street, Braamfontein.

The hearings will culminate on May 28 in Free State and Eastern Cape provinces.

The department described the “contract cleaning sector” as the sector in which employers and employees are associated for the purpose of cleaning or washing by hand or machine, of furniture, windows, carpets, doors, floors, tools, machinery, under supervision at industrial and commercial premises, buildings, and flats that are let commercially or any airplanes, trucks, cars, buses, trains or any other vehicle requiring to be cleaned.

In terms of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, the current sectoral determination, which governs the minimum wage and conditions of employment for the contract cleaning sector, started on 01/12/2013 and will run until 30/11/2014.

The current sectoral determination prescribes a minimum hourly wage rate of R15.69 for people employed in major metropolitan councils (City of Cape Town, Tshwane, Nelson Mandela) and local councils areas (Emfuleni, Westonaria, Metsimaholo, Stellenbosch, Mogale City); and those in the rest of South Africa the rate is R14.21. –