While South Africa's economy is struggling to recoup, some municipal managers are set to get cozy salary increases.
According to a Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs document, which was penned in the government gazette, some managers are set to earn higher annual salaries than President Cyril Ramaphosa.
This increase comes despite the fact that many South African municipalities are not functioning or are broke.
According to the Minister for the Department of Co-Operative and Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Zweli Mkhize, these increase are still consdiered 'cost effective.'
How are the salaries determined?
There are various factor considered before determining a manager's increase.
A points allocation system is used to determine the salary rise. This system takes into account municipal income, the population's total size, , and equitable share of individual municipalities.
It is also ranked. Managers in high ranked municipal areas earn more than those in the lower ranks. Then, the system is also broken up into levels; minimum, midpoint and maximum. In which of these categories a manager falls is determined by his/her background, tenure and operational capabilities.
Mkhize, in defense of the high salaries, said:
“The upper limits constitutes an integral part in the human resource value chain in building resilient administrative institutions underpinned by the intent to enable municipalities to attract, appoint and retain appropriately qualified and competent senior managers necessary for effective performance of their functions.”
What are the average salaries?
Minimum, midpoint and maximum salary levels were noted in the gazette as follows:
How does Cyril Ramaphosa's presidential salary compare?
In August, Briefly.co.za reporter that President Cyril Ramaphosa earns a yearly salary of R3.6 million.
This amount is in stark contrast with that of an average South African's salary. According to StatsSA, the average South African earns is around 238,000 per year.
Ramaphosa has previously committed himself to donate half of his presidential salary to various charitable causes.
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