UKZN boss earns almost R1?mln more than Zuma

2012-01-23 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — The heads of the country’s public universities continue to rake in millions of rands in salaries, despite government’s promise to cap their pay.

Professor Malegapuru Makgoba of the University of KwaZulu-Natal is the highest-paid serving vice-chancellor in the country, with a salary of more than R3,4 million a year.

Controversial former Mangosuthu University of Technology vice-chancellor Aaron Ndlovu was previously the highest paid, at R3,68 million six years ago.

The University of Johannesburg’s Professor Ihron Rensburg’s salary of R3,3 million is not far behind.

Makgoba and Rensburg earn more than their boss, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande, who earns R1,9 million a year. Even President Jacob Zuma (R2,5 million) and his deputy, Kgalema Motlanthe (R2,2 million), are paid less.

Though the University of Pretoria has more students (57 000) than the University of KwaZulu-Natal (42 000), its vice-chancellor, Professor Cheryl de la Rey, earns R2,2 million — about R1,2 million less than Makgoba. Unisa is the country’s biggest university, with about 300 000 students.

Rensburg’s institution has about 50 000 students.

Only Cape Town (ranked 103), Stellenbosch and Wits feature in the 2011/12 Times Higher Education’s list of the world’s top universities. Stellenbosch and Wits are in the top 300.

However, UCT’s Dr Max Price and Professor Loyiso Nongxa of Wits both earn R2,2 million, while Professor Russel Botman of Stellenbosch University is paid R2,4 million. UCT has about 25 000 students, Wits has 30 000 while Stellenbosch has about 28 000.

In April 2010, Higher Education Minister Nzimande promised to establish consistent guidelines for each university council to follow in setting executive remuneration. Muzi Khumalo, Nzimande’s spokesperson, did not respond to City Press’ questions on progress made on the guidelines.

SA Students Congress president Ngoako Selamolela said the salaries could be used to improve student services, and that the value added by university bosses was not equivalent to their exorbitant salaries. — City Press.

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