Councillor's salaries should be increased

2012-08-05 11:04

Johannesburg - The salaries of municipal councillors should be increased to bring them in line with those of ministers and parliamentarians, the SA Local Government Association (Salga) told the Sunday Times.

The salary increases, together with building and motor insurance, should be paid by the national fiscus, said Salga CEO Xolile George.

Councillors needed insurance as their properties were often damaged during protests, he told the newspaper.

"We must appreciate the fact that working at local government level as a public representative attracts a considerable amount of risk."

Salga has lobbied for salary increases over the past two years.

It wanted remuneration at a local government level to be equitable with provincial and national government salaries, George told the newspaper.

Municipal councillors currently earned R380 000 a year, which would increase to R401 000 in terms of a recommended salary hike.

Ministers' salaries would be increased from R1.9m to above R2m a year, according to the newspaper.

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  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-05 14:54

    Want Want Want and most of them are corrupt and have helped themselves already. The dont warrant an increase, an increase in work is more like it.

  • Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-08-05 16:29

    And my salary as a public servant will increase by 7% from R124.000 a year to R126.000.Thanks to my union who always gets beaten by the government negotiators.

      horst.muller.7330 - 2012-08-05 20:14

      Eh Tankiso, they are ripping you off, an increase from 124 to 126kR is 1.6 not 7%.

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-09-18 17:04

    their salaries must be linked to their achievements, in other words their salaries should be held back until they start showing positive results!! At the moments these fat cats deserve no salaries at all.

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