Vilakazi’s MEC-level salary

2009-07-09 00:00

THE salary adjustment to R1,3 million per annum of the municipal manager for uMngeni Municipality, Dumisani Vilakazi, approved last month by the council’s executive committee, is a few thousand rand short of what MECs earn.

The Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers recommended last year October that the salaries of office bearer­s should be increased.

In terms of the commission’s recommendation­s, the president’s package was to be adjusted to R2 107 224 a year, that of the deputy president to R1 896 546, cabinet ministers to R1 612 053, and deputy ministers to R1 327 560 a year.

The latest increase to Vilakazi’s package means he earns just R30 000 less than the R1 327 560 MECs earn. The commission recommended that premiers should earn R1 517 259.

KZN Local Government MEC Willies Mchunu is in charge of monitoring 61 municipalities, while Vilakazi is an accounting officer of a council with a R220 million budget. Vilakazi’s salary hike puts him equal with the head of Mchunu’s department and about R300 000 below eThekwini Metro Municipality’s municipal manager, Mike Sutcliffe. The metro council has a multi-billion rand budget.

Vilakazi’s package is also merely thousands of rands shy of what high court judge presidents and their deputies are believed to be earning, and more than judges get paid. Judge presidents were recommended to receive R1 422 465 a year, their deputies R1 327 560 and judges R1 232 766 a year.

Opposition parties in the municipality criticised Vilakazi’s hike, saying he is undeserving of it, given that the roads within the council’s jurisdiction are potholed and grass and overgrown verges remain uncut for long periods of time.

A re-evaluation of the municipal manager’s package is on the cards, following a meeting between Mchunu and uMngeni Mayor Edward Dladla, in which they discussed Vilakazi’s salary hike on Monday.

It was agreed that a technical team comprising senior managers of the departments of Local Government, Treasury and the municipality would undertake an analysis of the salary structure of the municipality, as well as a comparative analysis of the salary structures of other similar municipalities.

“This will be done in order to determine the appropriateness or otherwise of the uMngeni Municipality salary structure, especially the remuneration of the municipal manager,” the statement added.


MECs: R1 327 560

PREMIERS: R1 517 259

PRESIDENT: R2 107 224


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