Govt proposes salary caps

2010-11-23 22:36

Cape Town - The government tabled its new growth path in Parliament on Tuesday, part of which proposes a cap on salaries and bonuses for senior managers and executives earning more than R550 000 a year.

The document, unveiled by Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel, also suggests a cap on increases for all those earning more than R20 000 a month.

It proposes "moderate wage settlements" for those earning between R3 000 and R20 000 a month, "possibly to inflation plus a modest real increase", with "inflation-level increases for those earning over R20 000 a month".

Patel said the document also called for a broad pact between business, labour and government.

Such a pact would include commitments on wages, prices, savings and jobs.

There was a proposal, for discussion with business and labour, for moderate wage settlements linked to clear commitments by business to save jobs, create new jobs and address inequality, he said.

  • anyone16 - 2010-11-23 22:58

    And what happened to a free economy?

      mjdebeer777 - 2010-11-24 10:36

      No Such thing in a communist country....

      LGVS - 2010-11-24 12:27

      I thought I was the only one who thinks that the ANC is a bunch of Commies under a different veil.

      ray.romans - 2010-11-24 13:06

      Kolobe, you're a brain dead idiot. A closed mouth gathers no foot.

      ray.romans - 2010-11-24 14:43

      I see kolobe's ridiculous comment has been removed. Well done moderators.

      green_goblin - 2010-11-24 15:52

      @kolobe.. freedom of speech is not freedom to make a noise!!

      louwhan - 2010-11-24 16:19

      Dear mister president. I think this is not enough. I also think we should level the whole country, yes, remove all hills, so we all have the same view. I just registered an earth removal company, ACME plattrappers. Give me the contract. Sipho from your office already gave me your Luxemburg account number for the kick back. Don’t worry about me posting it here on the interweb because when we get the media tribunal going, all these comments will disappear anyway. Ewe, it will all go away and so will they...

      Francois - 2010-11-24 22:31

      @ Kolobe - it is because you wrote about Standard Bank and not about the topic. Your comment was removed to spare you the embarrasmoent. How did you get a computer and where did you learn to read - you must ask your money back - because you did not show any comprehension of what was written.

      John Wilderness - 2010-11-25 00:55

      In light of the GFC how does a n unbridled economy help us ?

      lean - 2010-11-25 12:59

      They want us all to be equal...Soon the gardener will be paid the same as engineer... the made the same as a nurse or a doctor... Why the hell would the blacks study? It would be one big parastatal state...

      John Wilderness - 2010-11-26 06:26

      @Lean - quote"Why the hell would the blacks study?" What kind of a question is that ??? Many black people have studied and become doctors, nurses, engineers even when the system worked against them. Secondly Australia income distribution is a lot more equitable where doctor's do not earn that much more than gardeners yet the economy works fine. It is a stupid south african apartheid idea that gardeners must be paid the least of all professions and way below what doctors, engineers etc earn.

      Picasso - 2010-11-26 10:26

      If everybody get the same salaries, why would anybody wants to spent money and study?

      Picasso - 2010-11-26 10:28

      Come on John, that is just stupid. Anyone can become a gardener, but it take a lot of money, skill, intelligence and time to become an engineer. You can not compare the two. If you as an gardener get the same salary as an engineer, why would you study? At the end of the day the country won't have any profesional people and no economy.

      JMan - 2010-11-26 11:53

      Now I wanna know what kolobe saidd... :/

      John Wilderness - 2010-11-26 12:10

      @Picasso - Are you saying that people only study to earn good money ? Secondly if you read my posting carefully you would see that I am not saying that a gardener should earn the same as an engineer but I am saying that the incomes should be a lot more equitable. In SA the gap between the two is too big. In Oz the incomes are much more closer and inequalities in society is much more reduced.

      Lauren - 2010-11-26 13:06

      What did Kolobe say?

      Lauren - 2010-11-26 13:10

      John, is it only in South Africa where a gardener does not earn the salary of a doctor?

      lean - 2010-11-28 13:12

      John Wilderness @ Is that why Australia looking out for skilled professionals?

  • Kruger - 2010-11-23 22:58

    A sure way to ensure mediocracy and to chase high earning individuals away. I'm just wandering, will this apply to the ministas and MPs too?

  • Jopisan - 2010-11-23 23:03

    The Socialist elite is truly becoming a reality.

  • Rick - 2010-11-23 23:05

    ANC - stop interfering with the mechanisms of commerce - you can only F it up, like everything else you have touched.

  • mazdarati123 - 2010-11-23 23:08

    The intentions are noble but the results will be catastrophic. Communism does not work. Socialism is the aftermath of capitalism. SA has not yet reached the full degree of capitalism. America is at the point where its free market capitalism will develope into Socialism to prevent it from imploding on itself. SA should not engineer communism or will engineer itself if allowed freedom to do so. Let the rich get rich but pay taxes which should increase with their wealth.

      Zion - 2010-11-24 11:36

      Mazda, Where do you commies get this stuff out? Maybe it is time to fire Malema. You are right however, Communism failed dismally. Socialism has not really come into being yet because it carries the stigma of communism. Historic materialism as per Engels and Marx has proven to be a lie. Karl Mark actually watched his child die from starvation, rather than go find work. Das Kapital has been proven to be the rantings of an idiot.

  • Juju Malema - 2010-11-23 23:13

    What a dunce!! Showing his understanding of commerce and economics. The laughable bit is that Govt would be the first to break ranks and (eventually) give Cosatu whatever they demand

      LGVS - 2010-11-24 12:37

      Are you the real Malema?

      Picasso - 2010-11-26 10:30

      Nay, he can not be the real Malema, then he would've said "Eee, what is this economics thing? I don't know the economics thing, if I don't know the economics it don't excists..."

  • danie.hartzenberg - 2010-11-23 23:17

    I hope this is also applicable to the Zuma's and Malema's with all their tender fraut.

  • Pop Idol - 2010-11-23 23:27

    What a load of rubbish.The socialist devils are coming to the fore,but of cause,the members of parliament wont be targeted..Animal farm coming through thick and fast here..All animals are equal but some are more equaler than others.

      green_goblin - 2010-11-24 15:56

      I want to be the horse!

  • Redson - 2010-11-23 23:36

    They only salaries government needs to focus on capping are of those in high government positions. How can they expect to enforce this for the general population when they are such incredibly bad examples of uncapped salaries?

      Redson - 2010-11-23 23:37

      *They = the ;0)

  • SimonP - 2010-11-23 23:39

    What a load of rubbish, the high earners will get round it with share option packages whilst the low earners will be unable to earn bonuses for a job well done. This will further increase the gap between rich and poor. One would think the ANC have an ulterior motive here, smoke and mirrors!

  • Day - 2010-11-23 23:41

    You can't touch this - dream on. Let us start with capping the president and all the ministers, director generals, judges, advocates, parliamentarians. Lead SA by your example you idiot.

  • katefish - 2010-11-23 23:43

    And what about the salaries of high ranking government officials and ANC politicians/MPs, which more often than not exceed one million Rand and substantially so? I assume they will be exempt?!

  • RawbHart - 2010-11-23 23:44

    It will never pass. The ANC will never allow it.

      SimonP - 2010-11-24 00:04

      You forget one thing, the ANC are above the law, all regulations are set down for law abiding citizens only. The elite will have it away under the guise of doing good for the masses who wil, of corse, suck it up as usual.l

      LGVS - 2010-11-24 12:44

      They have a two thirds majority. They can pretty much do what they want to.

      stefanie.dutoit - 2010-11-24 14:57

      ??? It is the ANC govt proposing it. ?

  • James - 2010-11-24 00:24

    Cool, as long as you start with parliament. Cut your own salary and bonuses first minister Patel.

  • tdk25 - 2010-11-24 00:25

    What a kak idea

  • weareu - 2010-11-24 00:31

    Sounds like a civil war declaration to me.

  • louwhan - 2010-11-24 00:49

    This was probably the proposal of a single MEC fed to news24 to create conversation for us. Thanks for that. Now we have something to chirp about before going to bed. Good night. Lekker slaap

  • snackpaz - 2010-11-24 01:10

    wtf is a moderate wage settlement? i hope this is a joke

  • BrokenRecord - 2010-11-24 01:13

    What a crock of @##%$% now watch the skills leave the country in droves!

  • Arthur Phili - 2010-11-24 02:14

    This is communism. The brackets are also unrealistic and laughable. If you earn +-R20 000 a month about R12 000 is paid in your bank account after tax, pension, medical, life insurance (welfare benefits) which the government fails to provide. Then your 2nd tax kicks in, security, education, clean water and other services the government fails to provide. If you allocate costs accordingly you will be surprised how your life is influenced by the government's ineptitude. As an example you rent a room at a premium price, because the neighborhood or security complex or gated community has water tanks, power generators, roads (built by the previous government) and security systems, allocate that cost vs living cheaply in the townships. In short, you spend money to isolate yourself from the countries problems. I do not blame the previous government for these problems (people are poor because they did not develop their own communities/homelands, their population growth exceeded their resources, all African nations without Apartheid are poorer, long-independent countries are the poorest) If you earn R20 000 a month you fall in to the bracket where your expenses and income investment (your continued investment commitment to earn such an income, like medical care which ensures you can continue earning) cancels each other out. You're lucky if you are left with R1000 a month, hardly increasing your assets and net worth. I won't work as a CEO for only R550 000. Not worth it.

      Boerseun - 2010-11-24 07:31

      I see where you are coming from, so what would you then be prepared to do for that money? That's now if you do not leave the country??

      Sarkotic - 2010-11-24 08:40

      Your analysis on investment vs current expenditure is spot on. Just reckon the commies don't see it that way. If that is to happen, I will and must seriously consider uprooting and look for greener pastures elsewhere...

      Arthur Phili - 2010-11-24 10:51

      @Boerseun I assume a CEO works between 16-18 hours a day incl. Saturdays and work about 4 hours on a Sunday. I've worked those hours, if you exceed 40 overtime hours in a week no money in the world is worth it. The level of mental, physical and emotional exhaustion takes its toll. CEOs are paid high salaries because they actually die on the job but keep breathing. I've left the country, the signs of the last 16 years and the history of independent Africa is a clear indication of the future. I assume South Africa will have famine, civil war and genocide.

      roflpwnbbq - 2010-11-24 12:07

      Agreed. Clearly the main aim here is to deprive the educated from building a fture for their up and coming families. They want the uneducated , unmotivated and lazy poeple to be able to catch up to the educated, hard working (over time) and poeple that work their way to the top so that we can all hold hands together and sing cumba ya. The only flaw in your calculation thus far is that with yet another scammed gov play as of next year June we will all be paying highway tax thats also not being budgeted for with this new numberplate driving crap. That will take that "if your lucky R1000" out of your pocket and give it to the gov yet again even though your paying road tax on your petrol for your car. So besides being taxed 14 times before you even get to work you have to deal with BEE taking your career and having a sh!t on it you have to rework your budget every month cause the actual inflation is 24% cause you dont just eat Pap for R8 a kg. This whole think is flawed but it dont matter cause the MP's and Gov officials wont be applied to this so there is no care for them. In ecence their only helping their brothers wife's cousins son's girlfriend that cant even do any work efficiently to get a R20k a month salary for sitting there and answering the phone cause she isnt compitent enough to do anything else

      Andre - 2010-11-24 14:45

      @roflpwnbbq: When you say "the main aim here is to deprive the educated", you are clearly not talking about yourself? Please go back to school and learn how to construct a sentence and for heavens sake get some extra spelling lessons.

      stefanie.dutoit - 2010-11-24 15:02

      Andre, any point to your post?

      Andre - 2010-11-24 20:59

      Stefanie: Yes there is a point. Why talk on behalf of the educated when you are clearly not educated yourself. And I am talking about roflpwnbbq and not you. So no need to get sensitive now. Hope you are having an awesome one

      stefanie.dutoit - 2010-11-24 23:28

      Why do you believe him to be uneducated?

      Picasso - 2010-11-25 07:15

      Andre, it is bad construction to start a sentence with 'And', also you must end a sentence with a full stop. ;-)

      John Wilderness - 2010-11-25 23:04

      The idea is not to cap

      John Wilderness - 2010-11-26 07:13

      Arthur the idea is not to cap salaries at R20 000 but to cap increases to a certain percentage on salaries R20 000 and more.

      Arthur Phili - 2010-11-26 08:12

      Well that is what I said? If you reach R20 000 and increases are only in line with inflation it is a stalemate situation. You basically earn a living to support yourself to earn a living. You work to work. If my old company didn't give me above inflation increases I would have left much earlier than I did. Above inflation increases are retention increases, without it people will job hop till they hit the R550 000 cap and take their valuable management/CEO skill to an oversees country (it falls under scarce skills).

      Lauren - 2010-11-26 13:19

      Erm, Andre, you forgot the full stop after your senstence. See, not to so relevant, is it? I think Stefanie was trying to point out to you that there is no need to nitpick with regard to grammar and spelling when it's clearly an Afrikaans or perhaps a black person posting. This, because English is not their first language.

  • Charmaine.Hetem - 2010-11-24 02:28

    This utterly ridiculous. This will move SA towards communism.

      Kenko - 2010-11-24 10:44

      Remember the ANC has its origins in Communism. That is what the old NP Goverment faught against. Communism's strategy is to move slowly and make small changes at a time. That way it is less likely for people to realise where they are heading, and once a country is totally communist there is no turning back. Very few in this country know who the enemy really is.

      michaelgreen777 - 2010-11-26 02:04

      It looks like the ANCYL are starting to get their way now!

      John Wilderness - 2010-11-26 07:34

      @Kenko While I do understand the frustration with corruption and incompetence of the ANC I do not understand how, under the same breath you can condone the NATS and apartheid who had equally as disasterous policies as communism. ????

      Arthur Phili - 2010-11-26 08:15

      I choose NP over communism. Under the NP the HDI measures still improved and led Africa, under the ANC it stalled for several years and even declined. Under communism it can only get worse. John - seriously go read up on the Human Development Index.

  • John Oxley - 2010-11-24 02:38

    If you look at the USSR in Communist times you'll understand where they're going....

  • Rick - 2010-11-24 03:32

    Will the (too) many idiots in government please try to uplift the unemployable masses, as opposed to tearing down the productive few.

      Margaret2 - 2010-11-24 10:41

      The unemployable masses need to take a bit of responsibility for their own upliftment. Most large organisations offer financial assistance for education whether it is upgrading a Std 7 to a Std 10, or studying for a degree.

  • duncan - 2010-11-24 03:52

    Government or private ? Where do they find these people. I always said our new suits are trying to come out of the bush and run a country 400 years too soon !

  • Willie - 2010-11-24 05:13

    This is what happens where government consists of a large portion of communists and socialists with very few with true entrepreneurial beliefs and flair that support a free market system; from their the push to nationalize the mines, silence the press and now regulate salaries. The aim, reduce all to a faceless mass where all are the same with no high performers standing out to embarres those who want as much as possible for doing as little as possible

  • Willie - 2010-11-24 05:18

    The slide to communism and socialism is gathering speed; nationalize the mines, curb a free press, regulate free enterprise

      chub - 2010-11-24 09:59

      Do not forget the removal of Religion so that the "elite" appears as the be all and end all of saviours.

      Worldwise - 2010-11-24 11:26

      Religon is one of the bigger problems as well. Only the religious can bond together singing happy songs while communicating with a non existant being and suffering in abject misery while thanking God for their blessings at the same time. Politicians will use the religious to further their aims. Ever heard of liberation theology?

  • U1 - 2010-11-24 05:22

    Please wake up mr Patel. The country is not a socialist state yet. You should look at goverment parasites sucking taxpayers dry. At least business is generating business and income, so pay people for what they achieve. That is how you create achievers.

  • Julius - 2010-11-24 06:15

    Patel needs to get real, his economic ideas are child like. No one gets a warm feeling paying large salaries. One does so because one has a need for a skill and if you are in business (not government) you have to fill that post or face damages.

      3shot - 2010-11-25 14:50

      You can't possibly be the real Juju - you're way too smart!! :-)

  • Sandra - 2010-11-24 06:26

    No wonder this govt is unable to solve the problems in the country - if this is their solution. The consequences on growth in the country will be catastrophic, and there will be even less to spend on the poor!

  • Judge Dredd - 2010-11-24 06:36

    Too little, too late. The ANC/SACP fat cats and their counterparts in the private sector are already spoilt rotten by huge salaries. This is just one more useless plan with no hope of any success. The day when the fat cats take a cut in salaries, will be the day one could take this sort of plan seriously. That would be the day.

  • Yogin - 2010-11-24 06:43

    Patel is a stupid idiot - cushy job, no salary/bonus cuts, ridiculous bonuses even if you fail to perform, a fat retirement the expense of the R20k+ earners (courtesy of the multitude of taxes)

  • YasButIDunno - 2010-11-24 06:58

    Before preaching to the productive (private) sector of the economy what they may or may not do, focus your communist gaze on the size of your (public sector) bureaucracy where you have four or five "cadres" trying to do the work of one competent person. Sort that out and you will find, as if by magic, that the money will appear for worthwhile job creation schemes and economic growth will follow as sure as day follows night. I'd love to see the proportion of public sector employees vs private sector, but I guess that's a state secret now because it is so shocking.

  • M - 2010-11-24 07:08

    I can't help thinking to myself that this comes just hours after the UK (where most of us would up and leave for) has capped their non-EU immigration. I smell a rat.

  • Toga - 2010-11-24 07:14

    About time on salaries and bonuses of those senior officials - hooray!! I just hope the "moderate" increases for the R3 000 to R20 000 takes into account that it is virtually impossible to survive R3 000 at any rate - "moderate" for anyone earning less than R5 000 per month is not a word to be used here - "substantial" would be better. This needs to be re-visited. Overall though, a definite step in the right direction. Wonder if this applies to Eskom as well????

      Paralegal - 2010-11-24 08:59

      You're an idiot. Do you honestly think that anyone is going to put any effort into doing the job if they know that they will not be adequately compensated. I worked extremely hard to get to the position where I am earning relatively well. My family has suffered, my health has suffered but, when you're a one-income household, you do what you have to do to earn the maximum possible and the only way to do this is to work extra hard. If this government thinks that this capping of salaries is going to help reduce unemployment, they are sadly mistaken.

      stefanie.dutoit - 2010-11-24 10:19

      Toga, I take it you are currently earning under R20 000, hence your delight. Maybe a hint of jealousy in there too. Problem is, if you keep on working hard (hmmm....come to think of it, with that sort of comment.....) you may soon be in the over-R20 000 income bracket and then maybe you will change your opinion very quickly. Cutting middle class people (who pay all the taxes to give give give to those in the lower income bracket) off at the knees will not help anybody. Rather than hate those who make a living for themselves, we should all aspire to uplift ourselves. Yes, I know how difficult it is to try and live on under R20 000 per month. I have never earned more than R20k a month in this country myself (mainly because I am a little too pale for the nice jobs) so I speak from experience. But I am really looking forward to the day that I can finally lift myself out of my struggles and start earning a little more than my expenses so that I can start saving for when I am old. Once again the ANC has managed to obliterate all hope I ever had of living a good life here. The only thing this will do is force me to start looking at expat jobs so that I can go earn some cash elsewhere and then come back with a few in the bank. You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

      Arthur Phili - 2010-11-24 11:13

      I don't know why my comment was removed but it was something along these lines. There are +-5 million Zimbabweans living in South Africa. They came to this country not because wealth redistribution made them rich but because it caused economic collapse. Please read up on communism.

      Zion - 2010-11-24 11:42

      Not bad my friend. Then state pesioners will get R3000 too.

      stefanie.dutoit - 2010-11-24 15:21

      Hmm....I'm not so sure about that Zion. See, if salaries are capped, then the govt will also get less tax so they won't have enough money to pay pensions. Guess they'll have to find other ways of stealing from the little the allow us to have.

      John Wilderness - 2010-11-26 07:39

      @Paralegal - Asians are doing a lot more for a lot less so sorry for you guys that expect hefty packages for your work. If you not happy with been paid less there are millions of asians happy to do the work you do for far less.

      mjdebeer777 - 2010-11-26 11:42

      @John Wilderness Maybe tell that to the strikers when they want their 15% increases.. You should really make up your mind. When they strike and a white person critise them you say but they have been screwed by the NATS government and must be given bigger salaries... Then you forget about: "If you not happy with been paid less there are millions of asians happy to do the work you do for far less." Stop responding to all comments with racist tendencies. This is not a racial NATS/ANC ect issue. The fact is that this cannot work (see all the comments with the Adrian Rogers quote.) It is just plain logic - rather respond with logical comments than ill-thought through racial slurs.

  • oofoohae - 2010-11-24 07:17

    Guess I'll just change my occupation from electrical engineer to street sweeper. Better hours, no stress and I'll be earning the same salary in a couple of years...

  • Picasso - 2010-11-24 07:23

    We'll, I got an inflation level increase anyway, so nothing new will be happening to me...

  • Pothole - 2010-11-24 07:23

    Now this have nothing to do with this article but I cannot stop wondering what happened to the R 44 billion that disappeared from the provinces educational budgets. If this kind of theft can be stopped it wili go a long way in getting SA on a new path without the need to turn to comminist practises. Never in the history of crime did so few steal so much from so many. ( Courtesy of Churchill)

  • Bren - 2010-11-24 07:23

    In what way is that going to create more jobs. My directors are not suddenly going to say oooh I have capped all my senior staffs increases lets get some more staff to stand around and do nothing. Patel you are a real plonker.

  • Boerseun - 2010-11-24 07:29

    Perhaps, he should show the government understand the suffering of the people and cap all ministers and officla salaries at R500000/year max as well. That is what we need, as this government is bloated like a sick old cow.

      Picasso - 2010-11-25 07:21

      LOL Boerseun, the starting salary for a Deputy Director is R406 000 and for a Director over R900 000. I can imagine what ministers must be getting paid. They are going to have to do much more fraud to cover their lost of income.

      3shot - 2010-11-25 14:53

      I think ministers are sitting around R1.6m after their recent increase!

  • SA1 - 2010-11-24 07:37

    Total communistic policy-Absolute foolishness-Imagine that, it would mean that everyones salaries would have to be squashed/cut you can not have performers earning the same as the boss. Cars over R250k will dissapear,Houses over a million would stand empty,Banks would not be able to grant credit,highly skilled worker s would leave in planeloads,the ramifications would lead to the economy collapsing.Where did Patel get his qualifications??Obviously in Russia before the collapse of communism

  • Allin - 2010-11-24 07:42

    And he's our Economic Development Minister????

  • smtcha021 - 2010-11-24 07:48

    Awesome idea Comrad Patel. Lets motivate the skilled and experienced South Africans to back their bags and head out to greener and more lucrative pastures. It is astounishing to read such ridiculous proposals when there are obvious and achievable goals we can reach without breaching on basic human rights.... Yes, I classify this proposal as breach in my rights. What else motivates me to work hard for my employer? MY SALARY of course! ANC ideas thus far... 1) Cap and regulate salaries 2) Nationalize mines 3) Nationalize banks 4) National Health Insurance - by the way of increased VAT and increased PAYE Brilliant ideas if you were a BABOON!!

      zzer0 - 2010-11-24 08:25

      they want the 'rich' to leave so that they may take over the system for there own good. its time to stand together now

      U1 - 2010-11-25 05:37

      zzero, the goverment is so useless they can't even organise a boozup in a brewery. yes, they will take over the system, but will not be able to run is profitably. They can't even run a sewer works propely! Nothing different from the rest of Africa....

  • Realist - 2010-11-24 07:50

    Why not be revolutionary & radical, just place a CHILD CAP of one child per woman (like China did)and then we will get a negative birth rate and after approx 40 years there may just be more jobs available than workers available. This is when supply and demand will be in the workers favour and unemployment could be an unknown thing. Oh,then place a cap on Municpal services, rates & taxes, food, cars, housing, medical, etc. Then SA becomes a banana republic.

      Joy - 2010-11-24 13:33

      "just place a CHILD CAP of one child per woman (like China did)and then we will get a negative birth rate" YEBO YES..... We should rather start focusing on reducing the population rate by "keeping it zipped", or introduce the one child policy like they did in communist china. The planet is overpopulated enough, and resources are diminishing.

      Soapbox - 2010-11-24 13:57

      With less children born we will solve the greenhouse gasses issue as well! The way to cap births is for govenment to only give a child grant for your first child.

  • rouxenator - 2010-11-24 08:00

    OK Mr Ebrahim Patel, lets start with your salary and then move on to the salaries of your fellow african native communist (ANC) party members.

  • shmangle - 2010-11-24 08:02

    So much for performance based salary increases. This will just reduce the morale and productivity of higher paid individuals, some of whom, actually have the skills and innovative ideas to justify their pay-packet, unlike the bunch of gibbering fools running the show. Those that don't leave will become unambitious, and in turn performance will drop. A culture of "you don't pay me enough to do more". Here comes another brain-drain.

  • athman01 - 2010-11-24 08:02

    Thank you to the Minister of Economic Disaster for your insight to a perpetual growth path for all free South Africans. Your Communist miss-mindset is truly inspirational..... Is he actually getting paid for this bull?

      Joy - 2010-11-24 13:37

      giggles - it appears so !

  • noctus - 2010-11-24 08:05

    they can take a running f**k ay a flying outta here, I can earn twice as much abroad, and im taking my tax money with me.

  • Jorus - 2010-11-24 08:10

    Hmmm, wonder if dear Mr. Patel would be willing to work 14 hours a day for R20,000.00 a month. somehow I think not...

  • bill - 2010-11-24 08:12

    Where is Trevor Manual now ? He and his policies have been trashed by Patel, yet he is silent.But wait, I forgot, he's married to Ramos with her huge salary and share options! What a two-faced spineless parasite! The ANC will probably trot you out to try to win the coloured vote , but you will get a fat snotklap!

  • scott - 2010-11-24 08:13

    It should only apply to Government.

      Joy - 2010-11-24 13:38

      hear hear !