Concern over city managers' pay

2011-09-19 14:14

Johannesburg - Reports that city managers earned salaries comparable to senior political leaders warrant transparent performance agreements, the DA said on Monday.

"The Johannesburg city manager [Mavela Dlamini], for instance, earns R2.3m a year, which is higher than Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe," said Democratic Alliance Gauteng spokesperson Fred Nel.

Dlamini also had a better income than newly appointed Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng who earned R2.2m a year, he said.

The Sowetan reported on Monday that the only public official earning more than Dlamini was President Jacob Zuma with R2.5m annually.

Following Dlamini was eThekwini manager Mike Sutcliffe (R2.1m), Ekurhuleni manager Khaya Ngema (R1.8m) and City of Cape Town manager Achmat Ebrahim (R1.7m).

Nel said: "Publishing their performance contracts will allow citizens to see what is expected from top municipal officials who are paid with their rates and taxes."

This would also allow analysts to evaluate whether the performance agreements were in line with each municipality's service delivery strategy, he said.

"If ministers' agreements with the president can be published then so should that of municipal managers."


The SA Municipal Workers’ Union said exorbitant salaries were at the expense of suffering workers and communities.

"It is absurd that these managers get paid millions, even though the municipalities they work for are plagued with corruption, nepotism, crisis and the poor delivery of services," the union said in a statement.

"The severity of the challenges faced by many municipalities warrants many of these managers to be sacked, let alone receive handsome remunerations and performance bonuses."

It said once workers, some who earned as little as R4 000 a month, learnt of their employers' salaries, nothing less than outrage would be expected.

"Workers deserve nothing less than a decent living wage and their managers far less than what they are currently getting."

Co-operative government spokesperson Vuyelwa Quinga Vika referred queries to the SA Local Government Association (Salga), which was not immediately in a position to comment.

  • Mike or Mpho - 2011-09-19 14:23

    Vote for ANC again, this time, I reckon the ANC will be promising everyone iPads

      tripwire - 2011-09-19 14:43

      All down votes are because they promised the 'Ipad 2'

      Met - 2011-09-19 14:58

      The comrade municipal managers are doing well financially, but the goose which is laying the golden eggs, is terminally ill and has no more than 5-6 yrs left

      chan chan - 2011-09-19 15:07

      thats only their salary's .... does this figure include all the extras such as car, petrol, house, entertainment and so on ??............ tax payers of south africa, we now know where all our overly high taxes go to ........ people that living in poverty , now u see where all the money that the ANC has promised you is going !!

      Sharkie - 2011-09-19 15:53

      Chan chan if only the poor read these post and understood what was happening. Sadly they don't

      James - 2011-09-20 00:05

      Dont you get an iPad if you sign up for the ANC - Is that not how they got the 50% increase in membership?

      Meanleader - 2011-10-11 16:37

      Gravy anyone ????

  • Khanya.McCutha - 2011-09-19 14:25

    Viva ANC vivaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa..... ha ha ha ha ha ha! Thats what you get for your votes

  • ordinary_joe - 2011-09-19 14:29

    Ag no. Don't tell Sutcliffe he's only the second highest paid. The man with the inferiority complex will now demand an increase, all for the "sterling" job he's doing. DURBAN LOVES YOU MIKE!

      Graham - 2011-09-19 21:03

      Don't even joke like this. He is the most successful city damager in South Africa and bloody corrupt to boot!

  • WCD - 2011-09-19 14:30

    Earning ?? You have to work to earn .

      zaatheist - 2011-09-19 19:56

      Yeah! These guys are totally overcompensated for a basic administrative, non-competitive, non-performance related job.

  • cpsmit - 2011-09-19 14:31

    The reporter should perhaps use the word 'get' or 'steal' instead of 'earned'

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-09-19 14:35

    Money for nothing and the perks for free...

      sniperman - 2011-09-19 16:00

      And the next step will be Dire Straits for all of us.

  • kalabafazi - 2011-09-19 14:35

    "It said once workers, some who earned as little as R4 000 a month, learnt of their employers' salaries, nothing less than outrage would be expected." Shhhhhhhhhh... don't tell them...

      Boerseun - 2011-09-19 18:03

      When they hear how little some of them actually know or do, it might even be worse.

  • tripwire - 2011-09-19 14:37

    Welcome to SA , where the Fat cats get fatter , Greed in Corruption is a everyday occurrence and Accepted by all your fellow members with a High 5 at a private Tax payer paid Party.

  • tripwire - 2011-09-19 14:43

    SA = Animal Farm .. Step by Step we are reliving the books events. ( All animals are equal but some are more equal than others )

      Ex-employer - 2011-09-19 15:37

      Our animals are running wild.

      Ex-employer - 2011-09-19 15:46

      Jacob could entitle his new ANC book "African Game Farm" with the white's being "FAIR GAME" with the voters waiting for their spoils from the hunt.

      sniperman - 2011-09-19 16:04

      Ever tried to draw a parallel between RSA and "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding. Quit easy, but it took awhile to realize that Mbeki was "Piggy".

  • Ashley - 2011-09-19 14:47

    Jeepers, JuJu must be outraged, because he only earns (according to him) R20 000.00 per month. But as he said the ANC supporters want to see their leaders prosper. Those supporters are as thick as garden chairs. Enjoy your shack with no electricity, toilets, water etc. because you idiots, that extra R1million that is over paid to these lazy bastards could build at least 5 RDP houses. And as for Mr Ebrahim from CPT, why are you earning 1.7million? Nee dinge gaan te lekker vir die diewe!!!

      Ex-employer - 2011-09-19 15:50

      That extra Million, thrown into the ANC fish tank would not reach the bottom. You would need another arms deal for that to happen, Sorry!

  • Humpme Dumpm - 2011-09-19 14:48

    Well..............he too probably received a R20 000 electricity and water bill.....and he too got tired of standing in a que trying to get it he just DEMANDED an increase.....

  • AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-19 15:00

    Never mind the "OTHER KICKBACKS" they receive....

  • Gibbonater - 2011-09-19 15:14

    Yet the rayepayer continues paying into the city coffers only for these halfwitted thieves to plunder at their hearts content. It is time for a total rates boycott to stop this wanton theft of ratepayers money.

  • chantal de pierres - 2011-09-19 15:16

    And they do a terrible job!

  • Swart_Baas - 2011-09-19 15:24

    the ekurhuleni thief steals that much!! for what exactly? nothing works that side of the world, I mean nothing!! potholes get fixed after 4 months, thats if they ever get fixed. calls are never answered, queries take at least 8 weeks to resolve.

  • Flynn - 2011-09-19 15:27

    Damn I am in a different sector of the business, lol. You guys should enjoy the money now because when you'll retire or get fired, you'll gonna learn how valuable money really is. For those people who voted for these people, don't complain now - your cross has put an extra zero to their pay checks

      Swart_Baas - 2011-09-19 15:44

      they never earn this money which is why they spend it like hip-hop stars. I wonder how many of them actually give something back to their poor communities where they come from!

      sniperman - 2011-09-19 16:09

      @ Swart_Baas. Please no!!! Let them stay politicians and spend like hip-hop stars and not become hip-hop stars. That will drive me insane. Hip-hop has destroyed the beauty of music more vehemently than the ANC has destroyed South Africa.

  • Barbara - 2011-09-19 15:39

    What do these people do for such high salaries? How long can these remuneration packages be maintained?

  • Brainbow - 2011-09-19 15:44

    This is of of little significance. They earn FAR more from the underground wheelings and dealings.

  • Christopher - 2011-09-19 15:49

    These Salaries Might Match International salaries such as UKs goverment if converted, But sure as hell these salaries are no where close to the peoples Salaries and its disguesting!

  • Lucky - 2011-09-19 16:30

    I can now understand why our rates and taxes increase so exorbitantly over the past 2-3 years! Tell me what these people studied, qualified for and did before that they are allowed to get such lucrative salaries from taxpayers money? This is more likely just another way of stealing and enrichment programs for the few 'priviledged' BEE appointments!

  • Andrew - 2011-09-19 17:09

    Dear SA municipal workers union. Nothing will change while you keep showing your approval with your vote, learn to vote that shows you are serious and you will reap the rewards, the solution lies in your hands

  • beicime - 2011-09-19 17:15

    He is probably worth it.

  • george07 - 2011-09-19 18:11

    a prof earns less than these fools.

  • Ruben32 - 2011-09-19 19:33

    Mike and his side kick Jackie have robbed us blind. His salary is just the cherry on the top, a mere token. Hey Mike, what's it like walking around in DBN when everyone knows you are a liar and a thief?

  • OneDayIs One - 2011-09-20 11:47

    Under not so abnormal circumstances, there should be no municipal manager earning (or is it getting or stealing) more than R1m/month. It sucks!!

  • wisani mashaba - 2011-09-22 10:02

    i found it much suprising that how those managers can earn a lot meanwhile their performance is inappropriate, while workers earn penuts.

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