Here’s how much money cashiers, cart collectors and other store workers get paid in South Africa


Employment and Labor Minister Thulas Nxesi has released a new gazette outlining the sectoral determinations of workers in the wholesale and retail sectors in South Africa.

Changes come into effect on March 1, 2021 alongside recent changes to South Africa minimum wage.

These wages set the minimum benchmark in the industry and workers can earn much more depending on their position and the company they work for.

Workers are also paid according to the part of South Africa in which they are based.

Zone A Regions around Bergrivier, Breede Valley, Buffalo City, Cape Agulhas, Cederberg, City of Cape Town, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, City of Tshwane, Drakenstein, Ekurhuleni, Emalahleni, Emfuleni, Ethekwini Metropolitan Unicity, Gamagara, George, Hibiscus Coast, Karoo Hoogland, Kgatelopele, // Khara Hais, Knysna, Kungwini, Kouga, Hessequa local authority, Lesedi, Makana, Mangaung, Matzikama, Metsimaholo, Middelburg (Mpumalanga), Midvaal, Mngeni, Mogale, Mosselbaai, Msauokenguba, Mtaubatengela, MT tsa Taemane, Oudtshoorn, Overstrand, Plettenbergbaai, Potchefstroom, Randfontein, Richtersveld, Saldanha Bay, Sol Plaatjie, Stellenbosch, Swartland, Swellendam, Theewaterskloof, Umdoni, uMhlathuze and Witzenberg.
Zone B All zones not listed in zone A.

While supermarkets remain among South Africa’s largest employers, there is a growing gap between the highest paid and the lowest paid workers.

The table below shows the monthly wages of workers in zones A and B:

Pilot type Zone A Zone B
General Assistant / Trolley Collector R4 229.22 R4 229.22
Security guard R4 229.22 R4 229.22
Forklift operator R4 229.22 R4 229.22
Merchandiser / Shop Assistant / Checker / Deli Assistant R4 229.22 R4 229.22
The cashier 679.64 R4 R4 229.22
Sales clerk / Assistant R5,508.33 R4 853.18
Display R5 718.91 R4,693.29
Supervisor R6 773.78 R 5,890.50
Trainee director R7 317.79 R6 296.07
Deputy director R7,965.14 R6,935.62
Director R8 735.33 R7 520.57

Nxesi also released the new minimum wage for South Africa.

In a gazette published on Monday evening (February 8), the minister said the national minimum wage was now R21.69 for every ordinary hour. This change will take effect on March 1, 2021.

The Gazette also provides for exceptions for a number of groups of workers

  • Agricultural workers are entitled to a minimum wage of R21.69 per hour;
  • Domestic workers are entitled to a minimum wage of R19.09 per hour;
  • Workers employed under an expanded public works program are entitled to a minimum wage of R11.93 per hour.

The National Minimum Wage Law was first proclaimed in 2018, setting a historic precedent in protecting low-income (vulnerable) workers in South Africa and provided a platform to reduce inequalities and huge income disparities in the national labor market.

Read: This is the new minimum wage for South Africa



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