Vilakazi’s MEC-level salary

2009-07-09 00:00

THE salary adjustment to R1,3 million per annum of the municipal manager for uMngeni Municipality, Dumisani Vilakazi, approved last month by the council’s executive committee, is a few thousand rand short of what MECs earn.

The Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers recommended last year October that the salaries of office bearer­s should be increased.

In terms of the commission’s recommendation­s, the president’s package was to be adjusted to R2 107 224 a year, that of the deputy president to R1 896 546, cabinet ministers to R1 612 053, and deputy ministers to R1 327 560 a year.

The latest increase to Vilakazi’s package means he earns just R30 000 less than the R1 327 560 MECs earn. The commission recommended that premiers should earn R1 517 259.

KZN Local Government MEC Willies Mchunu is in charge of monitoring 61 municipalities, while Vilakazi is an accounting officer of a council with a R220 million budget. Vilakazi’s salary hike puts him equal with the head of Mchunu’s department and about R300 000 below eThekwini Metro Municipality’s municipal manager, Mike Sutcliffe. The metro council has a multi-billion rand budget.

Vilakazi’s package is also merely thousands of rands shy of what high court judge presidents and their deputies are believed to be earning, and more than judges get paid. Judge presidents were recommended to receive R1 422 465 a year, their deputies R1 327 560 and judges R1 232 766 a year.

Opposition parties in the municipality criticised Vilakazi’s hike, saying he is undeserving of it, given that the roads within the council’s jurisdiction are potholed and grass and overgrown verges remain uncut for long periods of time.

A re-evaluation of the municipal manager’s package is on the cards, following a meeting between Mchunu and uMngeni Mayor Edward Dladla, in which they discussed Vilakazi’s salary hike on Monday.

It was agreed that a technical team comprising senior managers of the departments of Local Government, Treasury and the municipality would undertake an analysis of the salary structure of the municipality, as well as a comparative analysis of the salary structures of other similar municipalities.

“This will be done in order to determine the appropriateness or otherwise of the uMngeni Municipality salary structure, especially the remuneration of the municipal manager,” the statement added.

UMNGENI MUNICIPAL MANAGER DUMISANI VILAKAZI: R1 300 000

MECs: R1 327 560

PREMIERS: R1 517 259

PRESIDENT: R2 107 224

CABINET MINISTERS: R1 612 053

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.