A majority of members of South Africa’s National Minimum Wage Commission has recommended that the minimum wage be lifted from R20.76 an hour to R21.68 an hour, an increase of 4.5%. GroundUp Media reports that while this is 1.5 percentage points above the inflation rate of 3% a year in September, the commissioners said because of the impact of food prices, inflation was effectively 3.3% a year for low-income households. They also insisted that the current minimum wage is below the lower poverty line of R3,360 a month for a household of four people, which measures what is needed to cover food and some essential items like shelter.