Lifeguards earn more on merit

2012-11-14 00:00

DISCONTENT over how salaries are determined is one of the reasons 35 South Coast lifeguards are striking, but their claims that they all earn R3 200 a month appear groundless.

The Witness has learned how their salaries are determined and has found that only a grade C lifeguard earns this salary, while others can improve themselves and earn much more. In effect, a scoresheet that tallies their performance determines their remuneration.

A lifeguard known to The Witness is earning more than R6 000 a month.

Leon Garbade, owner of Tower 13, the firm contracted by Hibiscus Coast Municipality to guard South Coast beaches, explained how lifeguards undergo monthly assessments that determine their salaries.

A grade C lifeguard earns R3 200, a grade B lifeguard R4 700 and a grade A lifeguard earns in excess of R6 000 — all these salaries are based on merit earned by passing the various tests each month over a period of time.

Not only this, but there are extra points which go towards their salaries to be gained for being a black male or female. “There is no predetermined number of grade A’s or B’s we need. It is up to how well the lifesavers want to do, “ said Garbade.

“So there are more C grades at the moment, but it is up to them to change that.”

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