Tshwane head earns more than Zuma

2011-07-29 10:29

Pretoria - The new municipal manager of the Tshwane metro will earn more than any minister and possibly even more than President Jacob Zuma.

An annual remuneration package of “between R2.1 and R2.7m” was approved for Jason Ngobeni, 42, the newly appointed city manager, at a council meeting on Thursday.

Zuma will earn R2.4m in the current financial year and ministers just under R2m.

There was no resistance to his appointment and salary package from the opposition, after the DA walked out of the meeting.

Ngobeni was previously the City of Johannesburg's executive director of economic development. He will replace Kiba Kekana, who left with a golden handshake of just over R2.3m in November last year, without allegations of mismanagement being tested against him.


A confidential report from the municipality indicated that the current approved salary structure made provision for a maximum package of just R1.3m.

Ngobeni could possibly earn twice as much as Kekana. The package plus allowances for Kgosientso Ramokgopa, Tshwane’s executive mayor, runs to about R1m. The document stated that Ngobeni had the huge task of running the bigger, new Tshwane.

The Metsweding district municipality, which includes the No-keng tsa Taemane (Cullinan, Rayton and surrounding region) municipality and and Kungwini (Bronkhorstspruit and surrounds), was added to Tshwane after the municipal election.

“It is important that a market-related packaged be offered to the candidate (Ngobeni) to attract and keep him,” stated the document.

It was motivated that Tshwane had no choice but to make Ngobeni a better offer than his current package of about R1.6m.

  • Kevin - 2011-07-29 10:39

    outrageous. STOP PAYING RATES Tswane PEOPLE. Municipal people should not be earning 40% of that. This is now the first ever valid reason to strike.

      The Observer - 2011-07-29 12:02

      If only we could. worst is Tswhane is bankrupt or rather has serious cash issues and dept and they pay this guy this money.

      Ingie - 2011-07-29 12:33

      @ Observer - well no wonder Tshwane is bankrupt because its paying their high salaries

      biskit - 2011-07-29 12:40

      One question...Does the oke really EARN that kind of money?

      johan - 2011-07-29 14:09


      Met - 2011-07-29 14:29

      Shame, no wonder these highly skilled people must steal. They are underpaid! Shame on the rate payers!I hope that they receive a vehicle appropriate with their status and an annual overseas holiday

      Spyker May - 2011-07-29 15:12

      Kevin, I think it is important, to attempt to put the magnitude of this insanity, into perspective. Eg Barack Obama earns $400 000 per annum. While there are many arguments about the value of GDP/capita as an economic measure, it does, in this case, serve as a useful common denominator. The USA GDP/capita (PPP) = US$ 47 123-00 per annum. The president, of the largest economy in the known universe, therefore earns about 8.5 x its GDP/capita. Zuma earns SAR 2.4M. SA’s GDP/capita (PPP) = US$ 10 243-00 per annum; at R6.70/US$ = R 68 628-00/annum. Kindly sit down. Our friend, you the one with the shower-head and the phallic affinity for Lady Justice (and lately her sister from the Media), earns THIRTY FIVE TIMES (ie 35 x) more than the GDP/capita of his country. I think it is reasonable expect, that the salary of the president of a country (and that of his cabinet, etc), should reflect the economic performance of that country. You see, this is a key feature of African leaders – they have completely lost touch with reality. As you know, a disconnection from reality, is indeed a key feature of insanity. Even greater, is the madness of the masses that continue to vote for their lunatics, while they are (frankly) too stupid to figure out that their “leaders” are barking mad...

      Frans Smith - 2011-07-29 15:20

      @Spyker May - as usual very good point raised my friend - the problem though is that nothing wil be done about it, not now, not in ten years, not in another hundred years. I see no hope for South Africa, i see no hope for the entire Africa. The masses have made their choices and they must live with it. I left. I feel sorry for family and friend left behind.

  • Bart Zimzon - 2011-07-29 10:40

    iz not a prooblim, increase rates a bit.

      Dominic - 2011-07-29 13:39

      Comparisons: South African Cabinet: 34 ministers * R2m = R68m Ngobeni - Tshwane manager: +- R2.4m British Cabinet: 22 ministers * R1.6m = R35m B Johnson - London Executive Mayor: R1.6m SA GDP = $285 billion UK GDP - $2175 billion

      Muzi - 2011-07-29 13:54

      SA GDP aorung $585 billion. SA going up, UK going down.

      Dominic - 2011-07-29 14:08

      Sorry - changes depending where you look. Point is that from a market related perspective our government is over-paid and under-worked. UK = 2233 and SA = 548 according to The (PPP) means it's been adjusted for purchasing power parity

      capetonian - 2011-07-29 14:10

      Obviously Muzi doesn't have much of a clue about what Dominic said, otherwise he wouldn't have made sich a crass and stupid comment!! Perhaps he can explain the billions of rands of debt that most of the ANC run councils have accumulated thru mismanagement, corruption, nepotism etc.,I am rather greatful that I live in a DA run city that had one of the highest ratings from the Auditor General's office! Don't think anyone here earns that kind of package...!!

      Met - 2011-07-29 14:40

      Sa GDP is $285 billion and Muzi, you are delusional. SA is certainly going down- we lag. Does SA give aid to the UK or vice versa? SA has 5-7 yrs, it has already started to free fall. Its your kind of mentality which is the reason for Africas condition- a begging bowl attitude

      Xavier - 2011-07-29 15:13

      Sorry seems some people need some help to do proper research and not always use wiki as the alpha and omega for information, SA GDP as of 2010 is $363.7 billion UK = $2246 Billion USA= $14582,4 Billion China= $5878.6 Billion

  • omrisho - 2011-07-29 10:41

    sheez... i could do with a market related salary of R225000 p/m - very nice thank you

      Dieskim - 2011-07-29 11:59

      Don't forget the ball park figure of around R 1 mil in package bonuses and allowance ....

  • Blacklady - 2011-07-29 10:41

    @ Peacock you still asking.....I gave up a long time ago.

      Peacock - 2011-07-29 11:06

      There is a contadiction cause malema said his trust fund supports the poor - That must be the latest joke that was emitted from his ar*e

  • Looter - 2011-07-29 10:45

    i think Tshwane has improved allot over the past year!

      Smindlo - 2011-07-29 11:00

      name five things that have improved apart from salaries.

      Peacock - 2011-07-29 11:09


      Pictureof - 2011-07-29 11:10

      Sure if you negate the fact that Eastern Pretoria is a warzone and the CBD has just about is great.

      Wizard101 - 2011-07-29 11:39

      @ Looter you must listen to Smindlo this looks like a black man who has got some savvy.

      Totman - 2011-07-29 11:44

      @Smindlo. The car, pension fund, job stability, less accountability,...o...sorry you mend regarding service delivery, well....[think]....[think] know...a...LOL!!!!

      Met - 2011-07-29 14:43

      Improved from a LOOTERS point of view

  • tracer - 2011-07-29 10:48


  • DIAMOND - 2011-07-29 10:49

    ..PAY ME, I am quite capable of sitting around and doing f*ck all whole day and then reaping the benefits...eish..follow the leader leader leader follow the leader...

      THE.SRG - 2011-07-29 15:13

      *clap clap*

  • Snowbuddy - 2011-07-29 10:49

    Why don't they rather use this money to employ more people (which will solve the unemployment problem) and actually use the money to clean up Tshwane instead of lining one person's pocket!!! This is why this country looks the way it does and has gone down the tubes ... one fat cat at the top taking more money than is necessary to do bugger all ... instead of using that money to generate more jobs and actually DO the jobs so that the country looks better and attrack more people via tourism which would help with the economic growth of the country, the safety of the people etc. etc. Bigger picture ...?

      ZA_R - 2011-07-29 11:00

      @ Snowbuddy, Do u really have to ask Why? These morons can't even spell their names let alone wipe their backsides and you still ask Why....

      Snowbuddy - 2011-07-29 14:31

      ZA_R - didn't literally mean "Why" but rather "should they not" - but I catch your drift... and I agree with what you're saying 100%.

  • 106SA - 2011-07-29 10:50

    Who cares??Maybe he will steal less??!!

      gmain - 2011-07-29 11:18

      fat chance of that... look where it got him

      Ockert - 2011-07-29 11:58

      Hardly likely, now he has his fingers In the till.

      Met - 2011-07-29 14:45

      No, that is the irony. The more they receive(NOT EARN), the more they steal.

  • shmangle - 2011-07-29 10:51

    Sadly, this won't make them cut the tshwane head's salary, as it's excessive, it'll more like spur them to increase MP's and other politicians salary even higher. Bunch of thieving buffoons.

  • time-for-change - 2011-07-29 10:52

    Now the president, ministers and everybody else have a reason to up their salaries as well. Motto: If he gets more, we also want more.

      crackerr - 2011-07-29 11:22

      That is precisely how it works. Everywhere. That is why Eskom for example is a haven for parasites from both management and labour. They piggy-back on each other and we the consumers must just continue making contributions.

      johan - 2011-07-29 14:12


  • Richard - 2011-07-29 10:55

    well at least he will be paying R1million to the tax man.....

      Bart Zimzon - 2011-07-29 10:57

      you wish hey, wish...

      Ockert - 2011-07-29 11:58

      It will most probably be tax free.

      Ho - 2011-07-29 13:09

      Hehe...heheh....we wish!! He'll just steal more....same old same old...another day...another ANC thief...

  • Warren James Lock - 2011-07-29 10:56

    Market related my *ss!!! An external audit needs to be conducted!!

      Ockert - 2011-07-29 11:59

      Related to whose market ?

      BigD - 2011-07-29 12:25

      it is related to malema's and other black diamond market

      Xavier - 2011-07-29 15:17

      If it is market related then Zuma is underpaid....a lot!!!!!!!!

  • Deon - 2011-07-29 10:57

    You could more than likely get a whitey to do a far better job than this cadre for half the money. Ridiculous in the extreme and one wonders what market this "salary" was related to.

  • Dave - 2011-07-29 10:57

    milk the system my brothers

      Kitkat24 - 2011-07-29 13:55

      lmao...well said Dave..milk the cash cow

  • Smindlo - 2011-07-29 10:57

    what for? the guy does fuk all all day!!!!!! have they fixed the potholes they said they were going to fix.

      umhlopo - 2011-07-29 12:28

      with his type of salary you can bet the first thing he will do is change more street names,then sit back for the rest of his term with a smug (i have done my job well) look on his face

      Albo - 2011-07-29 12:41

      Doesn`t an insurance company fix the potholes now??

  • Anonymus - 2011-07-29 11:05

    and the rest of the black population will remain poor, but somehow their brain washed jelly babies are fine with their so called "leaders" are milking the country whilst they decay in their little shacks???? ignorant mud pelicans ;P

  • - 2011-07-29 11:05

    Zuma earns 2.4mil but has to pay for nothing, even his wifes are cared for I think his package should reach 4 mil a year. Just shows you were all the money for development is going and who said the gravy train was empty.

  • Bart Zimzon - 2011-07-29 11:07

    is that picture on the main page the one for the Tswane manager? looks like Malemoer se ma.

  • GT - 2011-07-29 11:09

    Government employees earning 2.7 million is CRIMINAL - period you cannot justify it in any way.

  • crackerr - 2011-07-29 11:12

    MARKET RELATED!!!??? Always the excuse for excessive remuneration packages. What does it really mean? Ask about or criticize high remunerations in any organization and the standard response is always it is market related. End of discussion. Rubbish!

  • amabok - 2011-07-29 11:12

    Market related? The market is 50% unemployed! Disgrace! The municipality is morally and financially bankrupt

  • Scorpius - 2011-07-29 11:13

    and we must accept this??? While we have to struggle to get 4 and 5% increases??? Ba..... rep...!!!!

  • sponkie - 2011-07-29 11:15

    It pays to be part of the ANC...but only for a handful at the top

  • Ed - 2011-07-29 11:15

    that is just frikkin sick...let me guess, he will most probably also want a private helicopter, house for his 20 servants, house for his pet poodle and houses for his 20 wives and kids.

  • gmain - 2011-07-29 11:16

    These animals should be charged with treason.

  • Sir-Vic - 2011-07-29 11:17


  • Rendani - 2011-07-29 11:18

    His salary is just an elevator to more corruption, mismanagement etc "all that represents the ANC"- wait till he implements BRT, tollgates, scrapes hawkers off the road.! Instead of the goverment spending 50% of his salary towards service delivery and improving infrastructure they rather enrich another ANC official. "charity begins at home"!"- wait till he implements BRT, tollgates, scrapes hawkers off the road.! Instead of the goverment spending 50% of his salary towards service delivery and improving infrastructure they rather enrich another ANC official. "charity begins at home"!

  • SanzaS - 2011-07-29 11:18

    Its not about Zuma its about the Tswane MM

      Felix - 2011-07-29 11:53

      No it's about pillaging the state coffers.

  • edalsg - 2011-07-29 11:19

    WHAT RUBBISH. LET THE REST THEN --VOTE ANC !!! Professionals dont earn these Salaries --WHY SHOULD DEPLOYED CADRES ??? STOP PAYING TAX !

      edalsg - 2011-07-29 11:19


  • jen - 2011-07-29 11:24

    He is a civil servant and exactly that. To compare him with guys from the JSE borders on the comical. Rather pay the underpaid police, nurses and teachers more. They have a real job to do, sitting on a comfy chair, driving a luxury car, smoking cigars and watching other NOT doing their job is no job at all.

      Totman - 2011-07-29 11:53

      Yes, it is a pity a person get judge before delivering..or not, but you also, partly, can't blame people for being a bid negative when seeing new managers everyday with salaries just going up and up and they do not see improvement. This legacy of wait, first lets see how he/she is doing does not work anymore. Done tooo many times. Forget about the colour. I am sure if the majority "township people"[read black] had excess to this blog they would have comment the same.

      Totman - 2011-07-29 11:55

      Sorry jen. I aimed for Given's comment, but landed up on yours. My fault.

  • zackie - 2011-07-29 11:25

    he has the huge task of running tswane municipaility into the groud..break, destroy the usual stuff etc..

  • Ryan Tunney - 2011-07-29 11:28

    Yes but Zuma earns more money in total after taking bribes.

  • AllSeeingEye - 2011-07-29 11:41

    R225000p/m -R23678 Tax p/m -R24000 Range Rover p/m -R50000 Malema trust fund p/m -R20000 ANC p/m -R34000 House in Santon p/m -R20000 house holds p/m -R10000 salaries p/m -R15000 entertainment p/m -R28000 Holiday p/m Do your maths.....

      Muzi - 2011-07-29 11:51

      I know a CEO leading less than 100 people in our Engineering field who made R2.6m last fin year. They are paying this guy peanuts, I wasn't going to accept that offer. Unless the allow my wife to do business with the municipality (ROFLMAO.....)

      Wizard101 - 2011-07-29 11:52

      Sorry eye,I see you saw what is going on.

  • Muzi - 2011-07-29 11:47

    Ministers and Presidents are bureuacrats whose jobs is to follow procedures, laws, protocols, smile at cameras and tell a few lies. Their income should actually be reduced. Mandela volunteered a 3rd cut after his first month after realising that being Lawyer was more difficult than being a President

  • Wizard101 - 2011-07-29 11:48

    Zizo,polotrill,kakman,pig you see what "are iss" your black buddy doing he gets the fat making money and you guys are still in the gutter.Shack dwelling poepols,but no he deserves it nê.Now the rest of the eksdom people and the service delivery people and cosato,numsa are going to strike again for more money and the country is already bankrupt.Black mentallity.

  • umlaut - 2011-07-29 11:52

    This is another sickness in this new society, that people who think they are important can vote themselves huge salaries. the anc is so set on controlling the medical aids and doctors and private hospitals why don't they control public service salaries. This guy is actually only a manager and if a Woolworths manager can get R400 th per year the he can't get more than that. There should be fixed scales per population in a city as to determine what they should get. LEECHES!!! This is stealing and then they get bonuses and increases based on that huge amount.---And what are his qualifications?

  • lingwatiml - 2011-07-29 11:52

    That's too much!

  • Philip - 2011-07-29 11:56

    In trying times where poverty & unemployment is at a high, they should consider the people of this country before they approve packages like this. Anything above R1.2m is outrages to put it mildly, theres alot of people in our country that need aid & help, money should be better spent, do the math, how many houses could be built if he earned just 25% less, its crucial for government to make sustainable development a true mission & way of life. Salaries should be within market parametres. Government should also calculate the impact of such a package deal on the international community & investors, & we shouldn't forget about the tax payer. I do not agree with this package, its simply too much. Power to the people, WORKING TOGETHER WE CAN DO MORE, not just for elite few in high positions, but for all our fellow south africans...God Bless all who may read this...

  • Clint - 2011-07-29 11:57

    Strange how these chatrooms have become the place where it is okay to make racist comments. Please up the level of debate, you really make me embarrassed to be South African.

      THE.SRG - 2011-07-29 15:28

      you should already be embarrassed my friend,we are the laughing stock of the world cause of the anc

  • Dieskim - 2011-07-29 11:57

    So it is R2.7 mil a year plus the plus minus figure of R 1 mil package bonuses and allowance ? Just on the R 2.7 mil he earns R 225000.00 a month.

      Muzi - 2011-07-29 12:14

      that's almost twice my income. And i sit all day reading news24.

  • Paul - 2011-07-29 12:02

    And Tshwane cant even afford to keep the basics running due to a shortage of cash...

  • Green Oaks - 2011-07-29 12:07

    No he won't !!! Not if you count all the "kickbacks" Zuma receives ala Shaik.

  • Paul - 2011-07-29 12:09

    Put ZUMA in the JSE, see how he performs!!

  • Ryan Tunney - 2011-07-29 12:15

    Is that inclusive of what Zuma earns with bribes or without bribes?

  • umhlopo - 2011-07-29 12:16

    He probably finished school

  • BIG.G - 2011-07-29 12:17

    SCANDALOUS!!!!! The Metro is a shambles, second only to Jhb (from whence this chop hails).

  • shane.jacoby - 2011-07-29 12:20

    My personal belief if that people in roles of Municipalities, Parliament and Government Institutions should be offered performance based packages... The better they perform, the better packages they earn. A performance packages could be incentivised and structured in such a manner based on their accomplishments, client / citizen satisfaction and money / capital saved in completed projects. This would guarantee that such officials perform at highest level. Based on this performance based package it would mean that it would benefit him financially to manage Tswane to the best and earnings could be unlimited if all projects and completed, citizens are happy and there's plenty capital in the coffers...

  • Kradenko - 2011-07-29 12:23

    Nice to see that theft, rape and murder is now legal in SA :) Might just try some of it myself soon. Nobody really cares anyways it seems.

  • shane.jacoby - 2011-07-29 12:27

    My personal belief if that people in roles of Municipalities, Parliament and Government Institutions should be offered performance based packages... The better they perform, the better packages they earn. A performance package could be incentivised and structured in such a manner based on their accomplishments, client / citizen satisfaction and money / capital saved in completed projects. This would guarantee that such officials perform at highest level. Based on this performance based package it would mean that it would benefit him financially to manage Tswane to the best and earnings could be unlimited if all projects are completed, citizens are happy and there's plenty capital in the coffers...