President Ramaphosa decided that a number of members of his Cabinet will not be given salary increases in the coming financial year. The freeze on increases is influenced by the President's hope for the state to be more considerate and exercise restraint.
In a surprising turn of events, President Ramaphosa has announced there will be no salary increases for members of his Cabinet and several other government positions in the coming financial year.
The Presidency made the announcement on the 8th of December and cited the current economic hardships of South Africa as part of the reason.
News24 reported that the Presidency also said the President's decision is influenced by his aim to make the state more considerate and show restraint.
The President appreciates that for government to have wider support for its programmes, it must implement and demonstrate through practical actions its commitment to exercising prudence.
Briefly.co.za gathered the relevant information and made a quick summary of the President's decisions:
- David Mabuza, South Africa's Deputy President, Baleka Mbete, Speaker of Parliament and her deputy, Thandi Modise, National Council of Provinces, and her deputy, ministers, and deputy ministers will receive no increases.
- No provincial premiers, members of executive councils, ministers, or speakers will receive increases.
- Members of provincial legislatures will receive a 2.5% increase.
- Senior traditional leaders and headmen and women will receive a 4% salary increase.
- Other members of Parliament, such as the chief whip of the majority party, leader of the opposition and whips, the house chairperson, and members of the National Assembly and permanent delegates to the NCOP will receive a 2.5% increase.
- Kings and queens will receive a 2.5% increase.
- Constitutional Court judges and judges of other courts will receive increases of 2.5%.
- Magistrates will receive a 4% salary adjustment, as well as office bearers of both national and provincial houses of traditional leaders.
This decision follows after the President discussed the national minimum wage and said that the new minimum wage of R20/hour will be effective from the 1st of January.
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