Sky-high salaries, bonuses surface amid service-delivery crisis

2011-09-22 10:14

Information about how top managers of the Mangaung Metro Municipality paid themselves bonuses of R2 million has come to light amid a service-delivery crisis that left several areas in Bloemfontein without water for days.

According to the National Treasury, the top seven executives at the municipality were paid a total of more than R2 million in bonuses alone.

Sandile Msibi, the municipal manager, received a bonus of more than R335 000. His total salary for the 2010/2011 financial year amounts to more than R2 million.

Werner Horn, a DA councillor, says this means that Msibi officially earned more than Free State Premier Ace Magashule. He said this package “puts him (Msibi) nearly on the same level as Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe”.

City Press reported earlier this week that Motlanthe had earned R2 130 769 last year.

Meanwhile, questions around Msibi’s future have sparked several media reports speculating that he might be redeployed soon or get a golden handshake.

This comes after the newly appointed mayor, Thabo Manyoni, decided to appoint a new top management team.

Manyoni said the posts – including that of the municipal manager – have been advertised and the process for appointing people in these positions has started.

Spokesperson for the metro Qondile Khedama said Manyoni is expected to announce the new management team by the end of this month.

He did not respond to a question from City Press on Msibi’s future.

Meanwhile, some residents are still without water. Khedama said the municipality had a meeting with the department of Water Affairs and Bloem Water.

He said these meetings will be held until the crisis has been resolved and a “serious valve operation is being undertaken”.

The municipality has asked residents to refrain from watering gardens, filling swimming pools and from using sprinkler systems.

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