Hlaudi outearns Zuma but wants more: Here’s why

2015-02-02 08:00

SABC’s chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng may be earning more than the president, but he’s earning far less than the heads of other state-owned companies.

Motsoeneng is unsatisfied with his salary of R2.87-million a year. He told the Citizen newspaper last week that if he was working for a private corporation he would have been earning about R10 million a year.

Asked if he was saying the SABC should be paying him more, Motsoeneng responded in the affirmative, The Citizen reported, adding: “Everyone who is generating revenue should be rewarded, not only me as an individual.

“When we came here, the SABC was in a state of near collapse. That is a fact and we made sure it became sustainable.

“I’m not talking about me but the team … the effort that it is putting together.”

Motsoeneng earned R2.87 million in 2013, excluding bonuses.

As chief operating officer he should earn less than SABC chief executive Tian Olivier who earned just R1.76 million in the 2013-2014 financial year.

But both Motsoeneng and Olivier earn far less than the chief executives of other state-owned companies in South Africa.

There has been a public outcry over Motsoeneng’s lack of qualifications, given that he has no matric.

He received three salary hikes in one year, increasing his annual salary by nearly R1 million, according to a report by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

The high court in the Western Court ordered the SABC to suspend him at the end of 2014 but instead his appointment was made permanent.

We take a look at top officials in the state, heads of state-owned companies and chief executive officers in communications in the private sector.

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