Southern Province Minister Edify Hamukale says his office is investigating reports of some investors in Livingstone paying workers below the minimum wage.
Dr. Hamukale says his office has received reports that some industries are allegedly paying workers as low as 400 Kwacha per month.
He says the minimum wage a worker falling under the general workers category can get is 700 Kwacha.
The Provincial Minister says while government wants to see as many industries as possible in the tourist capital, it also wants to ensure that workers are treated well.
Meanwhile, Dr. Hamukale says there is also need to protect farmers from being exploited by manufacturers offering low prices for farm produce.