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Mayors' salaries to top R1m

2011-12-20 21:45

Johannesburg - Salaries of mayors of the country’s major cities will top R1m for the first time after a 5% increase.

Qualifying mayors include Parks Tau (Johannesburg), Kgosientso Ramokgopa (Tshwane), Mondli Gungubele (Ekurhuleni), Patricia de Lille (Cape Town), James Nxumalo (Ethekwini), Thabo Manyoni (Mangaung) Zukiswa Ncitha (Buffalo City) and Zanoxolo Wayile (Nelson Mandela Bay).

The mayors will now earn R1 012 467, up from R964 255, and backdated to July this year, according to a government gazette by Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Richard Baloyi.

For mayors to qualify for the cool R1m-a-year salary, their municipalities need total income above R2bn and populations of more than 550 000.

According to the gazette, the lowest-paid mayor, who is a full-time councillor in a local municipality, will earn R556 251 a year.

Mayors who are part-time councillors will earn between R305 938 and R556 857 depending on the size of the municipality.

Other councillors (deputy mayors, speakers and ordinary councillors) will get between R809 974 and R166 675, depending on the size of their municipalities and their full-time or part-time status.

Independent Municipal and Trade Workers’ Union president Stanley Khoza said the councillors’ increase was normally more than that of workers.

In 2009, municipal workers got 6.08% in their three-year agreement, which ends in June next year.
Negotiations for a new deal are expected to start in February.

SA Municipal Workers’ Union spokesperson Tahir Sema said councillors sought an above-average increase they did not deserve when many municipalities were experiencing cash flow problems.

Sema said councillors had applied for a 20% increase earlier this year at the SA Local Government Association (Salga).

“They don’t have people’s interests at heart,” he said.

Attempts to contact Salga were unsuccessful.

Comments
  • Marius Koen - 2011-12-20 22:36

    Where do I apply?

      deabreu - 2011-12-21 07:30

      Hey John, I got a semi-automatic weapon pointed at me and threatened on N1 in Midrand, Gauteng, when I did not move out the way quick enough. Bluelight convoys are pure evil. Getting back to the point, 1 Million a year before benefits (free transport, food, etc). BUT This is nothing compared to the wastage on re-naming and advertising for renaming (with all the "City of Tshwane" boards and "branding"). Give the poor houses first, then rename places, but they won't because it is more important for the ANC polititians to get the tenders rather than spend it on the poor. At Xmas, with so many families starving, the fat elite feed their greed.

      Squeegee - 2011-12-21 07:52

      Worth it if they did their jobs better. They run huge organizations with budgets in the millions. Pity the same rules don't apply to them. If CEOs did as bad a job they would be fired and no one else would hire them. Here their incompetence is seen as good experience for central government posts.

      Anthony - 2011-12-21 08:49

      and we wonder were the money is?

      Sharkshoot - 2011-12-21 09:32

      Aich! South Africa she has too mush monies for de comrades. Viva capitalism viva!

      Jarryd - 2011-12-21 13:02

      maybe cosatu have a good idea with removing (or i would say reducing) the number of provinces, so we have less minor provincial burdens?

  • spartanx93 - 2011-12-20 22:56

    lekker on the gravy train..... pitty they will still do a crap job!

      Johncarlos ? Biza - 2011-12-20 23:23

      Mayors are politicians, not qualified proffessionals. All they need is popularity/to kill the right people(like in Mpumalanga) to get the job. You cannot expect an an return from such a system, let alone a job well done.

      Johncarlos ? Biza - 2011-12-20 23:24

      *an average

      Cyrus - 2011-12-21 07:33

      R1m per year is not that much. I think for running a city the salaries is justified considering how much other people earn and the actual work they do

  • Gollum - 2011-12-20 23:04

    Gotto love how increases for government employees is always backdated by about 6 months. Why??? They weren't complaining about their salary in July, August or September. The salary topping 1 mill is one thing...the backdating 6 months is pure GREED.

  • Saksak Motsepe - 2011-12-20 23:36

    I know of CEO's who manage companies that hardly reach R2bn revenue but rack in millions in exec pay

      Kevin - 2011-12-21 04:01

      They have to generate the revenue. A mayor just receives it. The difference in responsibility is massive. Surely you can see your mayor is stealing your money just by accepting the salary

      Rodney - 2011-12-21 07:11

      You chop. They have to ensure they earn it by ensuring their companies make profits. You dont have to have any business accumen to be a Mayor. The money just keeps rolling in regardless how stupid and unqualified they are.

      colin.dovey - 2011-12-21 07:17

      Businessman Patrice Motsepe will donate R10-million to the Jacob Zuma Foundation over the next five years, the mining magnate announced during the foundation's fundraising dinner in Durban on Friday night. Motsepe said he had made the donation because he believed it was important to share what he had with the poor. Do our Mayors do the same?

      Patrick - 2011-12-21 07:58

      @xavier Good for Patrice but how much of that money will really reach the poor

  • Cracker - 2011-12-20 23:46

    Let's be very realistic and honest. Which other entities are competing for the same incumbents at the same level for the same remuneration packages? Then why the need for the exorbitant remuneration? The consumer is paying for crap service. Anybody out there to suggest that, that sour face you encounter when you try to make use of municipal services - especially if your are white - is by chance? Many others are able to fulfill the same functions for a lot less. The BS that's going on is just unbelievable.

      Burtfred - 2012-06-04 18:46

      Would you employ an ex-mayor who has ANC cadre on his CV? I would; to pick up the dog poo and mow the lawn, but I would first chain my mower to a pole.

  • Michael - 2011-12-21 00:00

    I read two years ago, that the South African govt is the second highest paid govt in the world, second only to France. Now, lets compare the two countries, on one small level. Service delivery, public transport, access to free and quality education, health care, i can go on, but the depression is setting in, yes, South Africa doesn't have any of those. What are we paying these clowns for????

  • braamc - 2011-12-21 00:13

    It is a big job, and we need the best managers for the post, not that all is justified for the salary, certainly in WC

      John - 2011-12-21 08:03

      It is not a big job, IMHO. In most of the small towns, these Mayors get R 566 000 for attending about 15 meetings a year, most of which they don't even understand what is going on and basically just take instructions from higher up in the ANC hierarchy. Sometimes, that "higher up" is the town planner or the municipal manager.

  • shanenefdt - 2011-12-21 00:33

    what justification is there for these idiots to "earn" such big salaries?

      John - 2011-12-21 08:03

      They don't "earn" it, they receive it.

  • Steward - 2011-12-21 00:33

    I wonder what performance clauses are included in the salary, and what are the penalties if they are not met?

  • Kevin - 2011-12-21 03:59

    This is crazy as these people have little or no knowledge of how to run or improve a city. They are merely there because masses of idiots elected them. They waste money ,drive cars they should never be allowed to and in the case of our Western Cape coastal municipality money funnies , drinking spree's and jobs for families and friends were the order of the day. Sadly it is taking the DA far to long to press charges against the thugs.

  • Lebza Dikgetsi - 2011-12-21 04:05

    The reason why service will be poor is the unjust of the system, the worker expected to do the hardest earns about R64000, while those are expected to make noise earn R1m

  • Wesley - 2011-12-21 06:02

    Mayors must start there speeches like this: My salary is R 1 mil per year, lets see what we can do for you without houses. See if the followers will still be happy

  • Mark - 2011-12-21 06:37

    R1 million is not that much for managing a major city, but we want good managers with skills and integrity. These positions must not be used simply to repay political debts.

      Ben - 2011-12-21 06:58

      They might be receiving it but not one of them can EARN it.

      Danie - 2011-12-21 10:46

      Yet, how does one justify this much in salary for ANYONE while so many thousands of South African still goes hungry on a daily basis?

  • wayne.hough - 2011-12-21 06:40

    What happened to government being civil servants? Now ALL government hob NOBS believe they are civil KINGS! Think of it, if the mayor earns 1bar, imagine the salary structures (and the multitude of them) directly below him!

  • Ben - 2011-12-21 06:57

    It should be possible to prove that this is theft, because this does not come from profit, they merely increase rates, which means that the money is taken from someone for another person's benefit, which constitutes theft.

  • malcolm - 2011-12-21 07:07

    I don't think this is unreasonable. Provided the mayors actually do the work they are suppossed to and live up to their responsibilities. As long as they are happy with this more than fair salary, and dont steal on top of the salary, I think its all good.

  • John - 2011-12-21 07:57

    You want to know what is the reason for the divide between the very rich and the very poor increasing? I will give you a hint....... it has nothing to do with the mines.

  • William - 2011-12-21 08:21

    Not the Joburg Mayor it trust!

  • Piet - 2011-12-21 09:07

    No problem with this if it is performance based. If they fail there must be penalties. Where are the penalties? Oh noo, if you fail we reward you with yet another perfomance bonus and increase the rates and taxes to reward all the crownies

  • Itse - 2011-12-21 09:50

    That is the money they could use to improve the cities,build shelters for homeless people,build parks and improve living conditions in these areas.

  • Itse - 2011-12-21 09:54

    tax money going to waste,what did these mayors ever do,all they do is waste money on changing street names and they get a million for that.I'm studying,I'm expected to do so for 6 years and I wont get that much.What qualifications do they have that makes them eligible for that annual pay?The money could be used to build community centers,with libraries,labs,accommodation,conference centers and so forth,instead whenever there's official meetings,money is wasted on expensive hotels and fleets of luxury cars.

  • ludlowdj - 2011-12-21 10:11

    Well of course they get fat above inflation rate increases the government doesn't have to pay them or make extra allowances to be able to budget for them, they just increase one or the other tax and the middle class as usual gets to pay for the corruption and mismanagement at the top. in a country where the average salary is less than R2.00 a day, it is disgusting and a direct reflection of the political greed and service to self nature of those in power.

  • Sharon - 2011-12-21 10:34

    I think the salaries should be scrapped and payment incentives put in place. Achieve a goal, and get paid. If salaries to mayors are paid according to performance, they would go very hungry indeed!

  • janjac.gilbert - 2011-12-21 11:43

    Ja, ja give it away. Easy to find more money from the taxpayer hey?

  • frans.grobler3 - 2011-12-21 11:51

    All this for WHAT, people are living far below the breadline and they get a major mayor salary plus cars,housing, etc etc etc etc etc!! Cruel

  • mmatau - 2011-12-21 13:36

    I personally don't understand why these people have to be compensated so much when they are so useless.

  • Brandon - 2011-12-21 17:00

    A complete and utter disgrace, most of these guys cannot even spell municipality let alone even find the front door of there respective "city halls"........All I can say is this...while 2/3rds of the majority live below the poverty line, these guys get given salaries for non performance in there respective municipal area's..most of SA's citie's cannot even cope with outdated infrastructure, most of these citie's are all ticking time bombs for disaster, be it sewerage, water,roads etc etc..come on work for it, then you deserve it !!!!

  • jody.beggs - 2012-01-11 21:33

    For non delivery , I must be confused ! Damn the man.

  • Jason - 2012-01-23 16:39

    Make this available to the uneducated masses of this Country, and I bet they will soon start burning down some more houses, its a disgrace that these useless twats earn so much, yet they do eff all for the poor, and even less for the provinces they work for.

  • mashavha - 2012-02-05 22:00

    I need application forms urgently R1m for doing nothing

  • Pinkdragoon88 - 2012-06-01 14:37

    This is to Mr Ramokgopa -You have this "Bright Idea" to put aside R301 Mil to move the "poor people" to rich Areas(PTA EAST) - First of all - Where the hell do you get R301 Mil to put aside? seeing as our Country could not even afford to Build the E tolls without stealing from the Pension funds??? Then you also stated that this is NOT going to bring down the Property Values - Well _ take this into consideration - How many Farms was given to Poor people for free to create Jobs and ect... and how many of them is a dump with no more houses on it and unusable ground now? The people that works for their money has the right to stay where they want - how is poor people going to be able to afford the upkeep of these free houses?? How are they going to afford electicity and water? Are you going to give them better jobs as well? You also state that you stay in PTA EAST and this will also effect you - but I dont know how with that pay - so stop being ignorant as there is millions of people that has to travel long distances to get to work - not just the poor people -

  • Pinkdragoon88 - 2012-06-01 14:38

    This is to Mr Ramokgopa -You have this "Bright Idea" to put aside R301 Mil to move the "poor people" to rich Areas(PTA EAST) - First of all - Where the hell do you get R301 Mil to put aside? seeing as our Country could not even afford to Build the E tolls without stealing from the Pension funds??? Then you also stated that this is NOT going to bring down the Property Values - Well _ take this into consideration - How many Farms was given to Poor people for free to create Jobs and ect... and how many of them is a dump with no more houses on it and unusable ground now? The people that works for their money has the right to stay where they want - how is poor people going to be able to afford the upkeep of these free houses?? How are they going to afford electicity and water? Are you going to give them better jobs as well? You also state that you stay in PTA EAST and this will also effect you - but I dont know how with that pay - so stop being ignorant as there is millions of people that has to travel long distances to get to work - not just the poor people -

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