Joyce Banda confirms 30% pay cut

2012-10-03 14:02

Blantyre - Malawi President Joyce Banda announced that she will take a 30% pay cut to show that she will sacrifice personally as part of her government's austerity measures.

Banda, Africa's second female president after Liberia's Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, came to power in April following the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika.

Banda and Vice-President Khumbo Kachali will both cut their salaries by 30%, but Banda said she will not force the rest of her cabinet to do so, saying it was up to them to choose.

Banda confirmed that her government will sell the controversial presidential jet in two weeks. The purchase of the jet three years ago by Mutharika angered donors. Banda said that she will never fly in the plane, which she called wasteful.

  • paulus.deboer.3 - 2012-10-03 14:08

    Well done!! Please whisper some tips in our President's ear next time you see him. Actually, don't bother. It will go right out the other side without having encountered anything substantial.

      ronald.utenhage - 2012-10-03 14:20

      Dear Joyce Banda..please show the ANC fat-cats where u went to school, we pray they will learn the same value.

      msophiasharp - 2012-10-03 14:53

      Yeah, and physically she really needs it as well, too much of the good life...

      Robin - 2012-10-03 15:06

      Jacob Zuma should hang his head in shame

      alan.jerrold - 2012-10-03 17:18

      Yes, please Joyce - put yourself up for election here in SA. OK, I can dream that one day we will be rid of our useless, self-serving, corrupt ANC fatcats who live so well off 10% of the population's tax money, and still deliver rotten service.

  • ed.gutsche - 2012-10-03 14:12

    An inspiring lady...and what does our President do??? spends another R250m on his HOME!!!!!!

  • malcolm.james.macleod - 2012-10-03 14:30

    Can we trade her gor zuma by any chance? :(

  • clinton.harry - 2012-10-03 14:30

    Mama banda! I salute you

  • gerald.mphuthi - 2012-10-03 14:32

    Welldone !!! maybe the rest of the continent should be run by women in line Helen Zille on condition that her agenda benefits us all and takes the plight of the prevously disadvantaged at heart

      gerald.mphuthi - 2012-10-03 14:33

      and Jeers to Zuma and his Nkandla( New York of KZN)

  • Harald - 2012-10-03 14:32

    WOW!! Awsome!! Hope this integrity lasts, and becomes a shining example to our local F@#$king idiots who sommer buy 2 Billion $$ jets at the same time... and an upgrade to their personnal home of 200+ Million...

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-03 14:33

    Come on Zuma and all your fat cat cronies. Show some leadership for a change. What are you lot prepared to do. By what percentage will you cut your salaries?

  • roger.kaputnick.90 - 2012-10-03 14:36

    Zoomer, are you paying attention?

  • ben.spreeth - 2012-10-03 14:41

    Emigration to Malawi is not out of the question. Maybe I will be more welcome there.

  • Mike Peach - 2012-10-03 14:52

    If she earns a million per month what is 300 grand.

      captaine.morgan.90 - 2012-10-03 14:57

      *Focking* Africa-Hating-Pessimists!

      mike.lindsay.7927 - 2012-10-03 15:45

      Mike, It's not about the amount she's surrendering. It's about the value she ascribes to those less fortunate than she is. Her sacrifice - whatever amount that may be - will be better used to benefit her people or projects for the people. She must be commended for her gesture because she didn't have to do it. Now, how would you feel if Zuma and a good few cabinet ministers volunteered the same sacrifice by donating their portion to a non-government organisation which could show full accountability, and where every single cent had been used ? Such organisations do exist in SA, but would our leaders consider this. Not ever likely ! They don't even identify with the very roots of their existence.

      Xavier7034 - 2012-10-03 16:30

      Hmmm...what does a workshop foreman deserve then?

  • Louise Whittingstall Barnard - 2012-10-03 14:53

    Give that WOMAN a BELLS! Lead by example!

  • captaine.morgan.90 - 2012-10-03 14:55

    WOW! Only In AFRICA !!!!

  • paulrgonsalves - 2012-10-03 14:58

    Bless you President Banda

  • siphiwo.maurice - 2012-10-03 15:00

    Alibongwe igama Lamakhosikazi. Second female President in Africa, and what a challenge she is giving to other Presidents in Africa and the World? Well done Mama President. You are a new face that brings hope in our Mother Land.

  • remi.preez - 2012-10-03 15:03

    What a sterling example of leadership!!

  • juanette.menderoi - 2012-10-03 15:04

    Now that is pure leadership! Please can our own presidency learn from this remarkable, selfless and compassionate lady!

  • sarah.bouttell - 2012-10-03 15:06

    Way to lead by example.

  • cpsmit - 2012-10-03 15:09

    If our clown Z takes a 100% pay cut, he will still be getting more than he is worth.

  • khumbudzo.budeli - 2012-10-03 15:18

    When is Zuma gonna take a 60% Cut.and reduce the number of wives.

  • khumbudzo.budeli - 2012-10-03 15:19

    When is Zuma gonna take a 60% Cut.and reduce the number of wives.

  • magomarele - 2012-10-03 15:22

    How I wish she was our president, not this useless herdboy from Nkandla who wants to spend R203 Million of tax payers' money on his homestead for his countless wives and children. Call it a liability.

  • jongikhaya.rabe - 2012-10-03 15:49

    Can we get an Amen!

  • sisie.indola - 2012-10-03 15:52

    Now this lady has balls - big ones - there are a few? people who can actually learn from her, but of course they won't for the simple reason they think it is their God given right to plunder the riches of the country that has elected them for public service.

  • tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-10-03 16:43

    Will Mzantsi's politicians ever do this?

  • Rebecca - 2012-10-03 16:43

    We need people like her in our thieving government. "Give it to your people, they deserve it more than you driving bmw, fat cat!"

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-03 18:14

    Africa needs more people of her calibre.

  • mtoto.mwalimu - 2012-10-03 22:50


  • tamaryn.munro - 2012-10-04 10:36

    Viva Madame President!

  • ericanbarker - 2012-10-04 11:51

    she is a true example for the people, she serves her people

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