Free State officials get R7m in 'performance' bonuses

By Drum Digital
25 May 2015

Senior municipal officials across several Free State municipalities have received “performance” bonuses of more than R7m during the 2013/14 financial year.

This figure was revealed by the Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Pravin Gordhan, in reply to a question submitted to him by George Michalakis, the DA’s Free State Permanent Delegate to the National Council of Provinces.

The Mangaung Metro paid out the most in bonuses - R3 446 358 - while it owes Bloem Water in excess of R52m.

The Fezile-Dabi District Municipality paid out almost R1.2m in bonuses while all its local municipalities collectively owe Eskom more than R400m.

Eskom debt

In the Lejweleputswa District Municipality, the collective Eskom debt is more than R590m, yet it found R756 701 to reward its senior municipal officials.

The Nketoana Local Municipality owes Eskom R49m and another R690 000 to water boards, but the municipality paid out bonuses of more than R600 000.

“We would have no objection to the payment of performance bonuses if any of these municipalities actually performed in the delivery of quality basic services to the people," Michalakis said.

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