Big bucks for city bosses

2012-05-27 18:30

Johannesburg - Municipal managers in the country’s two largest cities are about to become the highest earning government employees and the first to break the R3m barrier.

Tshwane city manager Jason Ngobeni and his Johannesburg counterpart, Trevor Fowler, will earn R3.25m and R3.23m a year from 1 July.

Ngobeni now gets R2.7m a year and Fowler’s annual earnings stand at just R10 000 less than that.

The City of Tshwane became the largest in the country after incorporating the Metsweding district municipality a year ago.

Both metros have proposed substantial increases for the city managers in their 2012/13 budgets.

If approved, they will earn almost R1m more than President Jacob Zuma and his deputy, Kgalema Motlanthe.

Zuma earns about R2.5m a year and Motlanthe about R2.2m. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is paid R2.23m a year.

Fowler, who joined the city in October last year, will receive an annual increase of R540 914 while Ngobeni, who joined the City of Tshwane in September last year, will receive R550 000.

Both will get pay hikes in the region of 20%.

The two will earn 1 000 times more than the lowest paid municipal workers, who, according to the SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu), get paid as little as R3 000 a month.

Nelson Mandela Bay acting municipal manager Themba Hani will get the highest increase, a hike of 68% or R973 648, to take his salary to R2.4m from just over R1.4m.

The City of Tshwane achieved an unqualified audit in the 2010/11 financial year, while Auditor General Terence Nombembe slammed Johannesburg for poor revenue management and severe losses at the city’s entities, including refuse utility Pikitup.

This was Johannesburg’s second consecutive qualified audit.

Mangaung metro city manager Sibongile Mazibuko’s salary will increase by 22%, or R460 793, from about R2.1m to nearly R2.6m.

The Treasury has advised municipalities to budget for a 5% salary adjustment to be implemented from July 2012.

Talks about a new wage deal are under way between the SA Local Government Association on one side and Samwu and the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union on the other.

Other city bosses will receive pay increases of between 4% and 6%.

These include:
» eThekwini municipal manager Sibusiso Sithole, whose salary has gone from R2.25m to almost R2.4m (an increase of about R132 289).

» Cape Town city manager Achmat Ebrahim, who goes from R1.96m to about R2.1m (an increase of R117 901).

» Ekurhuleni municipal manager Khaya Ngema goes from R2.2m to more than R2.3m (an increase of R103 743); and

» Buffalo City municipal manager Andile Fani now earns R1.26m but will soon take home R1.31m (an increase of R52 340).

Earlier this year, City Press reported that Fani was appointed permanently, despite his questionable qualifications, after being acting municipal manager for some time.

Ebrahim was reappointed in October last year to head the City of Cape Town, one of the country’s best performing municipalities.

However, the municipality came under fire from Nombembe after failing to spend about R1.14bn earmarked for houses and transport in 2010/11.

Samwu’s Tahir Sema said the union was concerned that municipal managers earn far in excess of high-ranking politicians.

“It is absurd that these managers get paid millions even though the municipalities they work for are plagued by corruption, nepotism, crises and the poor delivery of services,” Sema said.

Samwu is demanding an across the board increase of 15% or R2 000 – whichever is bigger – for all employees who fall under the SA Local Government Bargaining Council.

Other demands include:

» A minimum wage of R6 000 in the local government sector;

» The filling of all vacant posts on all council-approved organograms on a permanent basis; and

» A salary and wage collective agreement for each year, instead of multi-year deals.

Gabu Tugwana, City of Johannesburg spokesperson, said Fowler had a potential total package of R3 220 032.94 – R9 469 less than the budgeted amount of R3 231 000.

Tugwana said Fowler’s salary scale was independently verified in January by Swicon360 People, which conducts remuneration surveys.

Nelson Mandela Bay, Tshwane and Mangaung did not respond to requests for comment.

  • veldt66 - 2012-05-27 18:47

    Enjoy yr cash while the masses ar starving!!!!

      Oscar - 2012-05-27 19:07

      Not bad for uneducated fools that were staying in shacks about ten years ago....They live the African dream of consumption without production, Viva ANC Viva...and F.CK the poor.

      spartanx93 - 2012-05-27 19:08

      how does one justify a salary such as the above for poor performance?

      RangoAndEmy - 2012-05-27 19:14

      who is revealing this news to the masses that is who needs to know about this, we know it already! On my behalf I will inform my domestic tomorrow morning of where her and my money is going.

      rowen.loretz - 2012-05-27 19:32

      Sad thing is they don't actually work. They go for "luncheon's" almost everyday and enjoy the riches. Some of them can probably not even spell or write properly and what is worse is that they will get involved in other corrupt activities for extra income cause their greed has gone to their heads. Pathetic.

      Rodney - 2012-05-27 19:36

      Amazing, the British Prime Minister earns less than half that, how can salaries at this level be justified when less than half the population pay tax?!

      rowen.loretz - 2012-05-27 19:39

      in my town to and probably all municipalities the managers are driving fancy cars. They proposing a 12% rates increase here too. Double the recommeded rate set out by government. They are milking the average citizen to death. What about the pensioners that may only get a 3 % increase a year??? How does one justify these inflated prices whilst the infrastructure in my town is deteriorating more and more after each increase. There trucks and trackers are all broken down and their are potholes the size of moon craters that are a hazard. Oh, i forgot the managers are driving large 4x4 SUV's (that cost around one million) that can go through these roads. And we just keep paying? ^*&( this government >WE NEED TO RISE AND GET RID OF SCUM!

      Don.Tandy - 2012-05-27 19:39

      Anarchy Nepotism Corruption

      Sean - 2012-05-27 20:11

      What a bloody joke

      Charles-Bronson - 2012-05-27 20:13

      Thiefs! Thiefs! Leaders that get paid for bad service delivery? And they still getting a vote!

      Charles-Bronson - 2012-05-27 20:17

      ... by the way for the poor service they offer, half there salary and donate it to the other corrupted theft department SCAMRAL.

      rowen.loretz - 2012-05-27 23:44

      even Zoomer gets less than that.

      Rodney - 2012-05-27 23:53

      Mayor of London - £144k = R1.8 million Mayor of New York -$225k, but doesn't take it. =R1.88million Mayor of Los Angeles- $194k = R1.622million Mayor of Sydney - a$114k, donated every year since 2004. = R935k US president- $400k (plus expenses) =R3.34million British PM - £142k = R1.86million compared to the ANC government and it's officials, the rest of the world seems positively poor!!

      Koos - 2012-05-28 07:40

      ... and this is without kickback and payoffs.

  • ianon.ym - 2012-05-27 18:48

    Disgusting -

  • Louis - 2012-05-27 18:52

    Nice to ride the gravy train. Wish we all could say they earned this due to their skills but we all know better. Must be great to get paid such a huge amount and know you probably don't deserve one tenth of that. Must be Christmas every end of the month.

      Raymond - 2012-05-27 19:39

      I agree,and for doing what? Sending two children to University for five years and then another three years to qualify as a professional in their field,I think that they only dream of earning this type of salary.IT IS UTTERLY DISGUSTING,but,then again,with so many incompetent Jonny de Brains running this so called country,one can expect anything from them.

      Sharon - 2012-05-27 20:24

      The bottom line is that we can't afford our government - Local, provincial or national. They are just too expensive, and our tax base is too small to support them. Even people who don't pay income tax because they are unemployed or below the bracket must be informed about this, as they pay indirect tax same as everybody else. This pillaging must stop!

  • matthew.swanepoel.9 - 2012-05-27 18:52

    They deserve MUCH MUCH less than that. Are they worth 1000 times more than the municiapl workers? Hardly..

  • Zebedee - 2012-05-27 18:52

    The anc fat cats once again looking after there own pockets!!!!!!!!!!!

      Sylvia - 2012-05-27 21:14

      This is why we're not getting any value for our rates money. How disgusting are these obscene salaries, and for what?

  • matthew.swanepoel.9 - 2012-05-27 18:55

    The only manager earning his salary is the Cape Town region.

  • ross.urquhart1 - 2012-05-27 18:56

    In which sector does anybody earn 20%+ increases ... Were any performance appraisals done , are the audits just accepted with no bearing, does the public have no say ???......I firmly believe in giving the donkey his carrot but only after he deserves it....! And so the hole in the ship just gets biger and bigger and bigger ..... eish !!

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-05-27 18:56

    Boycott rates taxes ans levies!! F*ch these ANC fat cats!!

  • keith.staniford - 2012-05-27 18:57


  • James - 2012-05-27 18:58

    how on earth do these fat cats justify 20% salary increases for incompetance. it is to say the least disgusting, thankfully I haven't had to pay tax for the last 4 years as I am exempt, and on top of that SARS owes me more than 100k. to quote a famous brand "i'm loving it"

  • ross.urquhart1 - 2012-05-27 18:59

    I smell a strike on it's way .... good luck with the wage negotiations Mr City Managers ...!

  • James - 2012-05-27 19:00

    this is how Minister Gordhan expects us to believe government is curbing expenditure, and still there is no accountability. writing the wrongs of the past, ja right!!!

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-05-27 19:08

    fcking ridiculous.... rot in hell cancer. How do u say that without expletives.... and mean the same thing?

  • ken.marape - 2012-05-27 19:15

    Hah Hah Hah, wha tha Hell

  • Lacrimose - 2012-05-27 19:20

    The residents of these cities demand in return at least a 50% improvement in public transport, a 50% reduction in crime and at least 50% of the currently under-serviced communities receiving their services. 100% also want their bills on time and error free. Deliver that in the next 12 months and then we can decide whether these hefty salaries are warranted.

  • jackmoz - 2012-05-27 19:23

    Awesome! Perfect proof that the immanent crash of the South African economy will be sooner than later. The certainty that the municipalities will no longer be able to sustain their zero level service, now has been given a solid push into the "place of no return". Go ANC!

  • johns54 - 2012-05-27 19:26

    WHERE Is The City of Tshwane ??? NEWS24?

      Don.Tandy - 2012-05-27 19:56

      I think it is a township near Pretoria (tic).

      colin.dovey - 2012-05-27 21:09

      They spent HOW many MILLIONS on changing the street names in Tshwane and the the public transport is on its last legs.......

  • tobydt - 2012-05-27 19:29

    I understand now why Joburg rates are going up by 16%.

  • Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-05-27 19:33

    How can it be justified that one person is worth this much money when so many people in their municipality are suffering !?!? I'm in Pretoria, there is so much that could have been done with the money instead of wasting it on this making phat cat fatter!

      Tiaan Liebenberg - 2012-05-27 19:36

      ........... on making this phat cat fatter!!!

      Zenzile Tshanda - 2012-05-27 19:51

      ±250 000 a month, WOW that is a lot of money.

  • Mantsho - 2012-05-27 19:44

    Come election, the same people who are suffering under this ridicolous goverment are going to vote for them again, so what!let them enrich themselves who cares?

      thozi - 2012-05-27 20:10

      @Mantsho Unfortunate, isn't it? The hurting thing thing is that you are correct - they will be voting for the very same people who don't give a damn about their sufferings.

      Jacqui - 2012-05-28 12:12

      How strange, all our ANC friends are very quiet here. Hypocrits.

  • eugene.briel - 2012-05-27 20:03

    No wonder service delivery in Johannesburg stinks. Potholes in the roads because JRA does not have money to fix them. Makes you think.

      colin.dovey - 2012-05-27 21:12

      "Dial Direct" was fixing the potholes for NIKS - and they still changed that because of internal politics around Tenders......what idiots!

  • CathleenThompson - 2012-05-27 20:04

    This is insane, maybe cap these salaries at a million a year. No wonder rates are out of control.

  • eddiebant - 2012-05-27 20:06

    Shocking,while there is so much poverty elsewhere in the country.

  • thozi - 2012-05-27 20:07

    Apart from ignoring their "people" who are constantly subjected to squalor, dire poverty, exposure to elements, dirty water, crime, lack of health facilities, schools without books or proper buildings, hunger, daily anti-services demonstrations, etc.etc., what else do these fat cats do to earn those ridiculous salaries? Don't people have conscience any more? Shameful!

      Lacrimose - 2012-05-27 20:14

      There's zero accountability from top-to-bottom and until we make the people we hired accountable, the madness will continue. These are masters at turning the word 'conscience' against the people - for example "vote your conscience". They leave out the fact that they don't have one and are secure in the knowledge that even if caught out, they'll be re-deployed, put on indefinite paid leave pending investigation.

      Stewart Croucamp - 2012-05-27 20:30

      Psychopaths do not have a conscience.

  • Peter - 2012-05-27 20:08

    Completely ridiculous salaries.

  • Andrew - 2012-05-27 20:18

    Absolutely bloody sick. Typical of the ANC and its thieving cadres!!!!

  • ian.levinson.7 - 2012-05-27 20:19

    corrupt filthy scum

  • Mmannyo - 2012-05-27 20:32

    A tree of jealousy have just been shaken on a Sunday,I love it when money goes to the Poor. Might not be all but step by step...

      Sonnyjakes - 2012-05-28 08:33

      You are an ostrich please stick your head in the sand!

  • sbriedenhann - 2012-05-27 20:35

    Yep, just looked it up and saw the Britsh Prime Minister earns R1.85million. And he runs the ENTIRE country. In Europe. Not Africa.

  • alida.dutoit1 - 2012-05-27 20:39

    There can be no justification for the salaries, let alone the increases suggested.

  • Gail - 2012-05-27 20:46

    It is obscene that these people are paid money so far in excess of what they delivery. Personally I think they should get nothing until they actually deliver some results. Disgusting.

  • Sylvia - 2012-05-27 21:04

    This is why we're not getting any value for our rates money. How disgusting are these obscene salaries, and for what?

  • NeoAcheron - 2012-05-27 21:11

    So this is where our money is going to... Those increases are more than double of what I get annually!

  • George - 2012-05-27 21:12

    The people must march on the municipal offices, capture the managers and string them up on the Scamral gantries. The other approach is use the guillotine, but that can be messy.

      Herman - 2012-05-27 22:12

      We are too busy working, trying to earn enough to support these thugs to also find the time to march. but if you can get the march going I will take the time to help you string them up. I knew the gantries would find a useful purpose.

      Jacqui - 2012-05-28 12:15

      George, who is going to tell the people?.The tradegy is that those who need to know is kept in the dark.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-27 21:42

    Gee! They sure get paid a lot! I wonder how much they earn?

  • gill.wittraphael - 2012-05-27 21:51


  • George Krillen - 2012-05-27 22:09

    Faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrkkkkkkkk!!! i feel like ctaching snakes, suck all the poisen out of them, swallow it and fart fire! WE NEED A NEW GOVERNMENT!!!!!!!!!!

  • john.davies.14224 - 2012-05-28 01:30

    Still love C.T and S.A now living in B.C , sad to see your beautiful country come to this .

      Jacqui - 2012-05-28 12:17

      John. Davies you should see the rest of the country going to hell faster than a fart in a tornado.

  • AJGoosen - 2012-05-28 05:27

    WTF?! 20%increase...Someones not feeling inflation or petrol price increases at all...

  • anthro45 - 2012-05-28 06:56

    They shouldn't even get a salary. They steal enough already.

  • Bheki Ngomane - 2012-05-28 07:05

    i think if you are in their position you should be paid such in order to avoid corruption.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-05-28 09:14

      Lol. Thats another way of looking at it, but I red your sarcasm towards the issue. ;) Still stays wrong!!!

  • IcemanGP - 2012-05-28 07:07

    And it's the uneducated sheep that vote these parasites into power every time. But I blame too, big businesses that are too poop scared to withhold paying the government to waste the money, everyone looking out for themselves.

  • Daan - 2012-05-28 07:14

    BISTO is he name of the train. ANC = FCK the poor.

  • jim.dickson2 - 2012-05-28 07:30

    This borders on the totally ridiculous. Bankrupt municipalities and poor service delivery rewarded with FAT pay cheques.....

  • Ryno - 2012-05-28 07:35

    no wonder we have all these service delivery protests - all our tax money goes to their hefty salary increases!

  • swavka - 2012-05-28 07:55

    This is when you have to cap the salaries of these dickheads at R500,000.00 no matter who you are, what you are, who is having an affair with whose wife/husband. Besides all that they get FREE housing, FREE electricity, FREE water, FREE travel, FREE car, FREE cellphones, FREE FREE FREE everything, so all in all they are really have it extremely easy. There is no justifying salaries of this nature in these times of "austerity". Oh but wait they are uneducated so they have no meaning of the word. It is just so sickening - i hope that when the strikes start for increase of wages these so called managers hide their heads in shame.

  • Koos - 2012-05-28 07:58

    Have any here looked at how much their rates and taxes have gone up by this year. Now you know why. What really gets me is a qualified hardworking man will go on pension with hopefully 1.5 million and that is after a lifetime of service. The ANC people are usually NOT worth more than a few bucks and a glance as you pass them by. Now add all their consultants and “support staff” and you’ll find they cost a lot more then what is mentioned here. What a kick in the face for the average working man or woman.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-05-28 08:12

    MEGA BUCKS FOR WHAT ? Changing street names and doing sweet blow f*ckall else!! Another ANC money making racket!! And the electorate are to dumb to notice!!

      Jacqui - 2012-05-28 12:24

      The ANCWL should be protesting about this instead of a painting. On the other hand what do they know.

  • Warwick - 2012-05-28 08:54

    This can buy a truck load pf KFC, and judging by some of their girths looks like they do just that. Viva cANCer, viva. Viva the poor viva.

  • ruan.swanepoel - 2012-05-28 09:00

    Complete disgrace!! Don't comprehend how it is actually happening.