The government is now planning to increase the minimum wage to $1.90 an hour for all jobs in South African jobs, with the intention of creating thousands of jobs in the country.
The government plans to increase hourly minimum wages in every sector of the economy, including food service, retail, accommodation and transportation.
The minimum wage will increase by 0.2% to $3.00 an hour in 2016 and $4.00 in 2017, as the government prepares for the new minimum wage rate of $7.50 an hour to be implemented by the end of the year.
The minimum wage increases will be phased in over the course of the new year, with higher increases for the first two months and then gradually decreasing each year.
The wage will be $3,000 in 2020, $3 for 2021, $2.50 for 2022 and $2 in 2022.
The increase will be in addition to a proposed hike of $1 an hour from the current $1,872.80 to $2,250.70 in 2019.
The Government has also announced plans to hike minimum wage in the tourism sector to $9.20 an hour by 2019.
According to the latest official statistics, more than 10.7 million people are employed in the South African economy.
More than 7.2 million people earn at least $1 per hour.
The South African government has promised to provide every South African with a minimum income of R10,000 by 2020.