Huge increases and extra benefits for South African political councillors

Huge increases and extra benefits for South African political councillors

- Over 9000 councillors have had increases to their salaries as well as additional benefits added to their packages

- Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Zweli Mkhize published the details in a recent edition of the Government Gazette

- The additional benefits include a specialized cover for damage to property resulting from riots, civil unrest or public disorder

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More than 9 000 councillors have received salary increases, over and above benefits added to their salary packages.

This is according to a notice Zweli Mkhize, Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, put in a recent issue of the Government Gazette.

The resolution had been passes at a council meeting where the majority of those present had approved the increase and the needed permission had been obtained from MECs.

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Members of the executive committee, chair people for sub-councils and whips will earn just more than R1 million. Speakers and deputy mayors will pocket R1.1 million. Mayors for metro areas will be smiling all the way to the bank with R1.3 million

As far as benefits are concerned the councillors will be using their own transport and reimbursed for traveling. Those who used state-owned cars won’t enjoy this benefit.

Councillors will also be receiving a cell phone allowance as well as between R300 and R3400 a month.

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Most councillors will receive a state-owned laptop or tablet, with visually impaired employees will receive a Braille reader.

The officials will also enjoy life and disability cover which the state will pay, as well as a cover for damage to property resulting from riots, civil unrest or public disorder.

“The special risk insurance on residential property will be limited to R1.5m while on vehicles it is limited to R750 000. The life and disability insurance is limited to two times the total remuneration package of a counselor.”

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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