Big bucks for civil servants

2013-07-19 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The salaries of directors-general in the public sector alone cost South Africa more than R200 million a year.

Minister of Public Service and Administration Lindiwe Sisulu said in answer to a parliamentary question from VF+ MP Corné Mulder that 149 directors-general earn on average R1,4 million a year each. More than 500 deputy directors-general are each paid about R1,2 million a year and more than 2 000 chief directors each take home about R925 000 a year.

Sisulu said the deputy directors-general cost the state almost R600 million a year while the salaries of the more than 2 000 chief directors amounted to almost R2 billion a year.

The amounts were approved by the Public Service and Administration Act, said Sisulu.

She said almost 100% of the vacancies in the top structure of the public service were filled. Of the existing 160 posts for directors-general, 149 had been filled. At least 521 of the 645 posts of deputy directors-general had also been filled and 2 074 chief directors had been appointed in 2 496 posts.

“The posts conform to the requirements of the Employment Equity Act of 1998. This act classifies the country’s black, coloured, white and Indian population,” said Sisulu.

These groups are represented in the top structure of the public services as follows:

• Black — 1 870;

• Coloured — 251;

• Indian — 194; and

• White — 429.

Sisulu said all officials in these posts must meet certain requirements.

In answer to a question by DA MP Pieter van Dalen, Sisulu said the cabinet had in October last year approved a protocol for the executive authority.

The appointment process of a director-general, deputy director-general and chief director must conform to this protocol.

Van Dalen asked Sisulu if there were any requirements that candidates for these posts have to meet.

Sisulu said those who are appointed permanently in one of these posts, must:

• Be a South African citizen or a permanent resident;

• Equipped to occupy the post;

• Conform to the minimum requirements for employment equity in the post; and

• Possess the necessary competencies, experience and knowledge for the post.

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