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nmw.labour.gov.za Apply for National Minimum Wage Exemption

Organisation : South African Government
Service Name : Apply for National Minimum Wage Exemption
Applicable For : Residents of South Africa
Website : https://nmw.labour.gov.za/

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Apply For NMW

The Act prescribes minimum wages for all workers.

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The Act makes provision for an employer or an employers’ organisation, acting on behalf of its members, to apply for exemption. The Regulations makes provision for the form and manner in which exemptions must be made e.g. information to be submitted, obligations on employers to consult, criteria when evaluating and the period within which and application must be made.

Exemption Process

An application must be lodged through the National Minimum Wage system online by following procedures as prompted by the system by providing the following information as required by the system

1. Businesses :
** Statement of financial performance (Income Statement – 3 years – current year predictions and 2 previous years)
** Statement of financial position (Balance Sheet)

2. Private Households :
** Statement of financial performance (Income Statement – 1 year)

3. Employees working hours and wage information
4. Proof of consultation with every representative trade union or, if no such union, the affected workers concerned

5. Download application and provide the Bargaining Council, union, affected workers with a copy of the application

6. If granted, display a copy of the exemption certificate at the workplace and provide a copy to the Bargaining Council, representative union and any workers who request a copy.

How to Apply?

Just follow the below steps to apply for the National Minimum Wage Exemption.

Steps :
Step 1 : Visit the official website of South African Government Labour department through provided above.
Step 2 : Next, click on the “Register For Access” link in the home page.
Step 3 : Fill the registration form with the required details.

Step 4 : Finally click on the “Register” button to complete your application

Verify Certificate

Please enter the Certificate number to verify or Validate National Minimum Wage Certificate


1. How can I find work through the Community Work Programme?
The Community Work Programme (CWP) is a community-driven government initiative designed to provide an employment safety net to eligible participants by offering them a minimum number of regular days of work each month. There is a guaranteed minimum wage, subject to revision every year, as determined by the Minister of Labour.

To check if you qualify to register on the programme, phone 012 334 0600 or visit the Community Work Programme website.

2. Where do I apply for a temporary residency or work visa for South Africa?
The South African Department of Home Affairs is responsible for administering work permits/visas. You can also obtain information at the nearest South African representative office in your country.

Information is available in all 11 official languages under government services.

3. What government programmes support job creation?
Job creation is a government priority. In 2011 it was announced that all government departments will align their programmes with the job creation imperative.

Government has since embarked on several initiatives to support job creation, including the employment tax initiative and the jobs fund. More information on these initiatives can be found under Key issues on the page for Creating decent jobs.

Need Help

For any questions or queries please call the National Minimum Wage helpline: 0860 766982

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