Municipal manager's salary questioned

2012-02-28 14:28

Bloemfontein - A pay rise pushing the salary of a Free State municipal manager to R900 000 a year raised questions on Tuesday.

This increase for Naledi municipal manager Nceba Thukane was unacceptable as services under his supervision were extremely poor, said Democratic Alliance local councillor Mel Haddad.

He said Thukane got a raise while the municipality was only able to generate about eight percent of its revenue through municipal billing.

The municipality owed bulk water supplier Bloemwater R17m.

"Sewage is flowing in the streets of Wepener and the roads in Dewetsdorp are appalling," said Haddad.

Naledi spokesperson Teboho Kholoanyane said Thukane’s salary was in line with the compensation of his counterparts in municipalities similar to Naledi.

He said the Free State department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs was paying the salaries of Thukane and other senior managers in the municipality.

This was due to the municipality’s financial situation.

Kholoanyane said the municipal manager’s salary was brought in line with other municipalities of its size.

The department of co-operative governance was also consulted in the process.

Haddad said the ANC-led council should discuss the serious infrastructure problem instead of worrying over salaries.

  • ozzie.oz1 - 2012-02-28 14:34

    R 75 000.00 per month - Mind boggling!

      Max - 2012-02-28 15:17

      And then they say they want to bring the salaries of municipal workers in line with government officials under one single Government because the municipal workers' benefits are less than their counterparts in Government. What a load of cr@p.

      Carl - 2012-02-28 15:18


      Sedick - 2012-02-28 17:25

      @ Leonard. YES........But, being capable is not a criteria for Cadre/idiot deployment!!

  • Chris - 2012-02-28 14:38

    Always Limpopo....can't we just give it away to Zimbabwe or something, throw in some food for the zimbos to sweeten the deal

      Squeegee - 2012-02-28 14:50

      Chris you Dweeb. The Free State is not in limpopo!

      Warren - 2012-02-28 20:14

      It's sure as hell not very far behind Limpopo.

  • Steve - 2012-02-28 14:40

    Jeez it's insane! R75k to sit on your ass and do stuff all...

      Juan - 2012-02-28 14:57

      Life's sweet on the gravy train, bur not so for the public he is supposed to be serving. How can something like this be allowed to happen?

  • spartanx93 - 2012-02-28 14:40

    It seems to me that ANC municipal managers reward themselves based on the deterioration of their municipal area.

      Kala - 2012-02-28 16:38

      All that remains is for the remaining municipalities to lower their services to be in line of the Naledi Municipality

  • Jean - 2012-02-28 14:43

    It just won't be an ANC official if they didn't put their needs first before the SA citizen...

      Warren - 2012-02-28 20:07

      I agree, don't dare call him a public servant.

  • Nkulekweni - 2012-02-28 14:44

    This is absolutely crazy. I am sick to the stomach of these parasites. Sewage flowing in the streets and someone getting paid close to a million rands for doing nothing about it. What are these person's qualifications and how did s/he get the job? And it is even more shocking that the salary is being increased to be on par with other municipal manager's salaries...very few municipal managers can claim to deserve such pay.

      Sedick - 2012-02-28 17:30

      ANC Cadre qualifications..

  • RSole - 2012-02-28 14:44

    Fire the parasite!

  • Dave - 2012-02-28 14:49

    Another one. Steal, cheat ,lie etc. never stops

  • Ben - 2012-02-28 14:51

    Ah South Africa.. where you fail upwards. It's like patting my dog on the head and rubbing it's tummy telling it what a good boy it was for crapping on the carpet. It really boggles the mind why logic never really took hold... You'd think that logic is inherent in all humans... odd

  • Johan - 2012-02-28 14:51

    In the good old days before ANC the town Manager was a townclerk and was not paid anything like R900000 per annum. This is rediculous!

      Honest Raymond Makoi - 2012-02-28 15:12

      Obviously... The rand was more valuable and the manager would not give a damn about us blacks...

      Bomb - 2012-02-28 16:00

      Honest.............Now the manager is black, and they still don't give a damn about the blacks!

      Vince - 2012-02-28 16:34

      Yes Honest and why do you think the rand was more valuable!!!

      Elton - 2012-03-02 14:44

      The manager still don't give a damn about blacks...

  • richard.fahrenfort - 2012-02-28 14:59

    The municipality is broke and in debt and the person in charge of the mess gets a raise... *facepalm. Have a by-election and vote those greedy fools out please!

  • Kerry - 2012-02-28 15:02

    Mother suckers!

  • Steve - 2012-02-28 15:02

    all municiple managers to get 30 000 per mnth no added benefits added incentives for the amount of running schools built and hospitals and houses -delivery !!!!

  • Peter - 2012-02-28 15:03

    That's laughable really, Achmat Ebrahim takes more than a million but Gugulethu, cape flats and other townships remains filthy while the surbuban areas shines. I do not condone these salaries, let's just be failr and stop being sensationalist.

      Deon - 2012-02-28 15:31

      I would rather stay in the Cape than Bloem.

      Dennis - 2012-02-28 15:57

      Do you not think that the people who live in Gugs and the Cape Flats share a bit of responsibility here ? Do they pay for ANYTHING ??

  • Richard - 2012-02-28 15:13

    Blah Blah Blah. So what is new? Just another one of the hundreds that are stealing this country dry. Nothing is done about it, they all get away with it and in the end this country will no longer have the funds to sustain it. Then the true picture of our democracy will rise from the ashes and show that not a single person benefited from it other than those in power. The multitudes will still be hungry and cold. Go ANC, you are truly doing a great job to further impoverish your own people whilst you fat cats on top speak of the rainbow nation and empowering your people. How clever do you have to be to understand that the tax base is getting smaller, companies are making less profits thus less taxes, and then to understand that this country can not sustain this theft and corruption. It is ok for the moment to supplement this by adding new taxes e.g the capital gains tax, toll roads, new tax on petrol for the roads, state medical aid, green taxes on cars etc etc. When the fountain runs dry who will then pay this. Let me guess, then the current fat cats have had their turn, stashed away their fortunes and then they will leave it to the next guy to sort out and yet still blame it on apartheid.

  • Jadon - 2012-02-28 15:16

    So will hold him a accountable? Who will fire him? Who will replace him that is any better? The only solution: You can only vote if you pay tax, or at the very least be employed. SA's civil service is clogged with incompetent idiots that have failed those that pay their salaries. And yet voters will rather burn tyres and destroy property than vote for another party. It's like eating rotten meat and then losing your temper when it makes you sick. And then doing it again. What the hell did you think would happen?

  • Pieter Scholtz - 2012-02-28 15:26

    In corporate world a managers salary would only be brought in line with the market if his/her performance was up to scratch! Fire him and replace with someone competent

  • Brett - 2012-02-28 15:35

    Eish it is nice to be a cadre.

  • Ed - 2012-02-28 15:50

    shoot him. problem solved.

  • sm1012 - 2012-02-28 15:51

    That's so absurd...I sty in Freedom Sqaure, Sewage is a daily flowing thing. Even the area is known at Municipality offices as "SEWAGE SQAURE"...I really wish the next election DA to conquer AT LEAST 50% in all SA Municipality so that it can work together with these ANC political appointments, as for me some of them they DO NOT know what is good professionalism at given task and non-service delivery. Ask me, I stay in Bloem.

  • Den - 2012-02-28 16:51

    Thats how the prawn rolls, anyone seen district 9??

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-28 16:56

    In no organisation whould there be a remuneration differential of greater than 10:1. In the public service this means that, should the top salary( say S.A. President) be R75 000 per month, then the lowest should be not less than R7 500. (Say office cleaner). Vice versa: If the office cleaner earns R2 500 per month, the top salary may not be more than R25 000 per month. These ANC thieves see themselves as royalty and treat our people like sheet, but when elections come around, they want people to vote for them. The arrogance and the stupidity is unbelieveable.

      Jean - 2012-03-02 08:30

      I agree! These African National Criminal's greed, foolhardiness, impudence and arrogance knows no boundaries. This practice is getting very popular amoung these ANC comrades. The attitude these days; If he/she can get this AND get away with it, way can't I?

  • Samuel Dannis - 2012-02-28 17:36

    something don't change in our country,how can a person earn this big while the poor people of the municipality he should take care of suffer,there should be a salary scale based on work rate for all mayors nd municipalities employees bcoz we are poor while a mayor affords to buy a new car cash after his/her salary s bin deposited.S.A should start building than destroying,whites did the part and it seems like it ws better than ours as we struggle a lot when it comes to pay relevant salaries to relevant people.Our own president earns a salary but he never goes shopping.. ANC should practice what is written as their motto...''a better life for all''...which we never see or heard of,they all get to politics just to be rich;i.e. Ramaphosa,Sexwale,.the list is endless but we are getin poor while those in power get rich.

  • Jacques - 2012-02-28 17:37

    Strange argument. How come his salary is in line with other towns NOT his salary is inline with a) what the taxpayers can afford b) the service level c) reality? Mr Thukane does a poor job, has less stres than a teacher, but earns about 8 times more. ANC cadres must surely think they are in heaven.

  • Philip - 2012-03-02 07:49

    About Time, these supposed managers, who can never get anything done, earn far to much for the crappy job most of them are doing, all they ever worry about is their own back pocket, remember THE GOOSE SHE'S LEAVING!!!!

  • danmosoahle - 2012-03-02 08:52

    I was in Naledi yesterday en route to Sterkspruit and honestly find it horrifying that someone could earn that much in such a small and yet completely neglected municipality! It is not mind boggling, ozzie, it is disgusting!

  • Amused - 2012-03-02 09:12

    Shocking ...... (but no surprise). ALL municiple managers are vastly overpaid. In most countries the public sector pays less than the private, in SA it pays vastly more. Imagine how many jobs each municipality could create at the national minimum wage by not paying such ridiculous salaries. When will the voting public catch a wake up ? It is tragic ...... turkeys that keep voting for Christmas !!!

  • Ken.R.Burns - 2012-03-02 12:54

    This country is just like all the other Africa counties, when handed over there were systems in place that worked, or were altered till it worked, now every working system is being torn apart because it costs money to uphold these systems, and if it cost money, how the hell can these corrupt officials claim the salaries, expense accounts, It would appear to be cultural and competitive. The old government obviously did the same but to a fraction of what is now happening, but if your superiors do it and are protected why not, you cant get fired or jailed, because the big boss does it

  • lehlohonolo.e.mokoena - 2012-03-30 19:53

    These corrupt and incompetent ANC bastards want more money for doing nothing. There are a lot of academically qualified members of society who are washing cars and these filthy inconsiderate "comrades" are sitting on their bums, picking their noses in offices doing nothing for the common citizens! I had no idea in '94 that I would be voting for my country to go down the drain. Nothing is working out. They make noise about racism in the Western Cape, but go there and see what service delivery means. And those in the WC townships must stop complaining about the DA. Pay for services and you will get service!

  • gary.desousa.5 - 2012-11-28 12:25

    Municipal managers should be at R25000.00/month a resonable car and thats it/

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