Over and above the programmes that the Young Communist League of South AFrica [YCLSA] has always been been undertaking, we have at pains in dispelling many of the deeply held myths about the economy, especially as far as the neoliberal capitalist economy`s capacity to ameliorate social and economic ills is concerned. In actual fact, many of our campaigns such as Jobs for Youth, the Right to Learn, the Read to Lead, or our Ten Youth Demands yearly contextualized, which mainstream media does not sufficiently cover, have sought to bring forth -theoretically and programmatically so - progressive and alternative paradigms through which we can best understand our situation and respond adequately. One of our proposition has been: decommodify social services because a neoliberal wage-determinant consumption capacity of society is unfavourable to the majority of the people - the working class.
Last year`s National Income Dynamic Survey  by the University of Capetown (on behalf of government) launched by the Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe, and this week`s release of the Living Conditions Survey  by Statistics South Africa, confirm many of the things that the SACP and the YCLSA have been saying.
What has always been the subject of our critique is a semi-colonial growth path that constantly reproduces the structural and systemic features of an economy that in no way can overcome poverty, inequality and unemployment. And some of the things that we have put forth to deal with such a situation have been - a need for a comprehensive social security scheme linked with creating labour-absorptive industries; control of financial capital flows to encourage investment in the national economy; taking charge of the commanding heights of the economy - land, steel industry, Sasol, mines, banks [creation of a state bank] etc., and the introduction of the minimum wage that will cushion workers from penal poverty.
As things stand, South Africa does not have a national minimum wage. Instead wages are set on a sectoral basis through collective agreements negotiated at the level of the firm or bargaining council, or through sectoral determinations published by the government. What this simply means is that, there is no cross-cutting legislative stipulation on at least how much an average industrial or farm or domestic worker must earn.