Freeze top earners' salaries - Zuma

2012-10-17 17:29

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday called on striking workers to return to their jobs and asked company executives to take a year-long salary freeze amid widespread social unrest.

"We call on workers who are engaged in unprotected strikes to return to work as soon as possible and for production in the mining industry to be normalised," said Zuma after meeting with unions and business leaders in Pretoria.

Violent work stoppages have ground the mining industry to a halt as tens of thousands of people downed tools demanding higher pay, leaving over 50 people dead in clashes.

Zuma also called on senior officers in business and government to freeze salary increases and bonuses for the next year as a "strong commitment to build an equitable economy".

Amid outcry over the dire living conditions of mineworker shantytowns, Zuma also announced a plan to develop major mining areas.

"We have developed measures dealing with... the living conditions of mining communities," he said.

Thousands of people live in slums around mines with no electricity, running water or sanitation.

These included the strike-torn platinum town of Rustenburg where police killed 34 striking workers at the Lonmin platinum [JSE:LON] mine in Marikana on August 16.

Key gold mining areas of the West Rand and Carletonville southwest of Johannesburg, where massive illegal stoppages have ground gold production to a halt in recent weeks, will also be developed.

The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), public road and electricity providers and other development agencies will take part in the "implementation plan".

The plan included ramping up infrastructure construction projects to create jobs and curb reckless lending.

Zuma's announcement on Wednesday was his government's first decisive step to halt the widespread unrest.

  • michael.lockett.714 - 2012-10-17 17:33

    Most misleading heading ever.

      tim.gordon.5011516 - 2012-10-17 17:38

      News report, dated 15 February 2013 - President Jacob Zuma, who was narrowly re-elected in December last year, has just agreed to have his salary hiked by 25%. Zuma said the hike was forced on him by his advisors - if left to him he would definitely have turned it down.

      nicholas.graan - 2012-10-17 17:43

      Are you going to take the lead Mr President? - 2012-10-17 17:46

      Tim...Zuma is indeed a bloody hypocrite.

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-10-17 17:47

      That's kinda rich comming from someone building a massive multi million rand palace in the middle of nowhere... with someone else's money

      desertratbkf - 2012-10-17 17:48

      Indeed! START WITH YOURS - you THIEF!!!

      desertratbkf - 2012-10-17 17:51

      What a effing imbecile! I thought I was shacked by his last comments! He ceases to astonish me! TROLL!!! STEP DOWN, you effing moronic of morons!

      susan.paul.330 - 2012-10-17 17:53

      Zuma, you need to practice what you preach...

      pieterduplessis - 2012-10-17 18:01

      I appreciate a call for some restraint by the richest people. The increased gap between the rich and the rest is not sustainable. However Pres. Zuma, you cannot spend R250 000 000 on your private place and surrounding and try to use your salary saving of R200 000 as an example of your contribution. Your salary saving will be not even 1% of what the taxpayer has to pay for your Nkandla upgrade.

      phillip.cwazibe - 2012-10-17 18:07

      The President, the Ministers, MECs,Mayors and tenderpreneurs will take the lead.

      long.tom.509 - 2012-10-17 18:22

      He has mislead SA

      mholthuysen - 2012-10-17 18:25

      And that whilst "we" are spending for his kraal over R 250 Million.... unbelievable this tosser...

      mark.schulz.796 - 2012-10-17 18:30

      Oh my god! This is huge, a catastrophic development. The Rand will not respond favorably to talks of wage fixing. This sets a dangerous precedent which will leave investors questioning what could follow. Price fixing, profit fixing? Someone shut Zuma's mouth before the nonsense emanating from it shuts down the economy.

      makenawn - 2012-10-17 19:33

      Please Mr President decline your 5% salary hike,lead by example

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-10-17 19:57

      Is he The ZUMA going to freez his salaries hikes for the ANC???Just wondering.

      liveby.thesword.1 - 2012-10-17 23:00

      actions speak louder than words mr president(lead by example) continue to convey that you are the most uneducated individual ever to take office as president anywhere on the planet.....

  • junaid.vanderwalt - 2012-10-17 17:34

    Do you think they will freeze their bonuses? Freeze spending tax money for Nkandla and lead by example. Showerhead only think with.......

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-10-17 17:59

      Zoemi, show us the way

      vandross.ntshegi - 2012-10-17 18:14

      How does freezing salaries show "strong commitment to build an equitable economy"?. What is zuma trying to say here. Or is it just me and my misunderstanding?

      sedick.gydien - 2012-10-17 20:04

      Yep, this comes from a 3rd world President that earns - nope - is paid - almost as much as the President of the US, and the UK PM, and more than a number of 1st world leaders. AND has 4 wives AND 21 children maintained by the SA taxpayers, AND is spending R250m+ on his residence!! RICH!!!, and let's not forget about the R1b+ jet that he will get after the Mangaung Conference!!

      freda.aylward - 2012-10-18 08:47

      Zuma should also lead by example and return his huge salary hike and stop renovations at his homestead.....come on...a bulletproof lift at the cost of R11m??????

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-10-17 17:34

    And this after he approved huge increases for himself and other ministers.....

  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-10-17 17:35

    Whaaahahahahahaha and keep corruption going.

      Poloyatonki1.lee - 2012-10-17 18:34

      ha hahahahaha do you think he really mean it?

  • ptmakgato - 2012-10-17 17:36

    You have chawed billions and u sure have more than enough money in your accounts as we speak, how about you share it with those who need it??? Infact how about freezing your salary for the next 12 months?

      SarelJBotha - 2012-10-17 18:01

      Freeze, not drop it what he worth.....and tax him 50% on it as well.

  • annelise.vanderschyff - 2012-10-17 17:36

    Clown of the year!!!

      joe.irwin.50 - 2012-10-17 19:08

      And next year, and the year after, and.......

      maruis.kleynhans - 2012-10-17 23:30

      He just top juliarse's comment that SA can learn from Zim on how to run a country.

  • armand.horn.58 - 2012-10-17 17:37

    Mr. Zuma, you make me laugh so hard I want to pee my pants! Practice what you preach please!

  • clive.kihn - 2012-10-17 17:37

    How about freezing expenditure on the Zuma retirement village? This man is so thick-skinned it's not true.

  • darryl.earnshaw - 2012-10-17 17:38

    Says the man who has just spent R250million on his house.........

      etienne.devilliers.9085 - 2012-10-17 17:56

      R250 Million on renovations. Imagine what this Zulu hut has cost the country in total.

  • bheki.moyo.39 - 2012-10-17 17:39

    How about freezing price hikes in shops and supermarkets also? The equation has to be balanced. Commodity prices are sky rocketing almost on a monthly basis. Say something Mr President.

      michele.holmes.1238 - 2012-10-17 21:19

      Bheki, how about changing your vote?

  • bodibengchance.mabogoane - 2012-10-17 17:40

    Zuma don't be selfish u should be the first 1 to freeze salary increase but u are recommending measures not applicable to u n please take eg from Malawi President Joyce Banda who cut down her salary by 30 percent to show u care more abt RSA than urself

      terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-17 17:44

      Now she is an excellent example of how a President should act in troubled times!!!

      mholthuysen - 2012-10-17 18:26

      Indeed Joyce Banda should come down here and show Zooooma and Co how it should be done!!!

  • Nhlanhla Zondi - 2012-10-17 17:40

    Why does it have to take strike action and lost of lives for our government to see the need to develop these communities?

      michele.holmes.1238 - 2012-10-17 21:20

      When are you people going to realise that the anC does not care about anyone but themselves?????

  • Barefoot - 2012-10-17 17:40

    @Zuma: show them how to, start.

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-17 17:41

    Taxpayers call upon President Jacob Zuma and his Govt to freeze their salary increases and bonuses indefinitely!!!!

  • Martha1234 - 2012-10-17 17:43

    A freeze on corruption would be a tad more effective, clean up your own house first sir!

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-17 17:43

    Now that he is filthy rich everything should freeze. Nut.

  • neilza - 2012-10-17 17:43

    but yet Zuma gets an increase!!!!!!! and nevermind the nkandla compound that we paid for

      neilza - 2012-10-17 17:44

      but will still rather have him than the other clowns in the running in the ANC

      colin.dovey - 2012-10-17 18:16

      HE is the CHIEF Clown......and then there is no choice

  • thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-10-17 17:43

    Looks like there is a couple of freeze suggestions from the public. Our President need to take note of them.

  • ptmakgato - 2012-10-17 17:44

    Only for your benefit right??? I mean always say for SA but only ANC always benefits.

  • sefako.mokgalaka - 2012-10-17 17:44

    I agree with u my president. Let's start with your salary and agree on a 30% pay cut and continue with MECs and premiers and all non performing managers in government. The private sector will follow believe me.

      long.tom.509 - 2012-10-17 18:20

      Good that to lead by example works wonders

  • robynne.els.1 - 2012-10-17 17:45

    Sure thing chop, you just freeze inflation of food prices, petrol, ask eskom to freeze their ridiculous increases, put e toll on hold and ask private companies really nicely to not increase the cost of insurance and medical aid!!!!!!

  • Lwads - 2012-10-17 17:46

    This guy just got his increase signed off and now this? To hell with you!!!

  • syd.harling - 2012-10-17 17:47

    Good idea Mr. President. Please set the example.

  • theo.martinez.980 - 2012-10-17 17:47

    meanwhile the Malawian president has cut her own salary. Good leaders LEAD. It's all about doing and not about talking.

  • - 2012-10-17 17:49

    Ai, this guy makes me sick!!!

  • buti.lembe - 2012-10-17 17:50

    Were you going to say something if the miners never went on strike? These shows that you're not capable of knowing what's going on to the indeginous people who gave you that position.

  • native.rsa - 2012-10-17 17:55

    Ya, someone earning R34m a year and others R60k a year is too big of a gap in a company and so Zuma should lead by example and be first to do it. But I do not believe that the difference in job importance like say that of teller who's function is to receive, issue, allocate cash is worth R45m less than what Sizwe Nxasana is paid.

  • Bafana Joseph - 2012-10-17 17:55

    Zuma freeze R207m the upgrade of r homestead inkandla

  • tumisang.kolobe - 2012-10-17 17:56

    Does this President even understand that we are actually paying for our houses and not using tax payers money for anything?i work very hard and this man says I shouldnt get an increase nor bonus?

  • jola.jose.7 - 2012-10-17 17:56

    Freeze inkandla first,

  • thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-10-17 17:56

    Looks like there is a couple of freeze suggestions from the public. Our President need to take note of them. - Freeze King Zwelithinis suggested salary increase from R55,000,000 to R63,000,000 - Freeze appointing friends in critical positions. E.g Menzi Simelane, Dickson Masemola, etc, - Freeze ministers from getting shares in mines, - Freeze corruption, - Freeze Zumaville, - Freeze Khulubuse Zuma from going into mining, - Freeze the palace upgrade of R203,000,000 and spend only what the ministerial handbook approves. R100,000. - Freeze marrying more wives, But, please unfreeze the supply of books to schools. I am just trying to help as a citizen of the country.

      colin.dovey - 2012-10-17 19:52

      RIGHT on the button Thabang!

  • lebo.ntsibolane - 2012-10-17 17:57

    Freezing a joke.i'll go with halfing of MPs salaries and halfing our taxes,food and petrol.

  • jola.jose.7 - 2012-10-17 17:57

    Freeze inkandla first,a great leader lead from the front .the top earners will follow

  • Cameron - 2012-10-17 17:58

    Im sure you just had a salary hike Mr Zuma?! Lekker scaly!

  • - 2012-10-17 17:58

    Does this fool really think that a business executive producing results shouldnot get a bonus and an incraese. He and his band of merry crooks donothing, cannot deliver to their supporters and still get increases AND bonusses. Stand up so your brain can work - moron

      neville.watson.31 - 2012-10-17 18:43

      and,tragically, votes. *shakes head in despair*

  • ndlovuvincent - 2012-10-17 17:59

    It is clear that even if Zuma says something with sense,u people are against him.He is making a good point but people are focusing on the negatives all the time.He keeps quiet u complain and call him names,he says something,u say he's talking nonsense if not that the speech was prepared by somebody else,guys let's be realistic and fair.I am waiting for negative comments after this.

      joshua.mcallister.75 - 2012-10-17 18:11

      How can you not expect negative responses?! He just got a raise which in itself I can only dream of 1 day earning, yet alone his whole salary. Nevermind the R250k on Nkandla. If he says others must do it, then so should he. Besides, it took him this long to say somthing, and a hypocritical somthing at that.

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-10-17 18:00

    How about you stop the Nkandla debacle and make all members of parly take a 50% decrease. That would show the people that you care and while at it, remove taxes of energy and fresh foods....and if you are really brave, gibe a 100% taxbreak on all security related expenses RSA people have.

  • azaad.hayat - 2012-10-17 18:02

    This forum has no respect for our beloved president. Give the guy his due. He is trying his best.

      frankflower - 2012-10-17 18:09

      'Our beloved president'? Are you on crazy pills or are you just being sarcastic?

      thabo.modiba.7 - 2012-10-17 18:23

      He must earn it.

      long.tom.509 - 2012-10-17 18:25

      Give him another chance..

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-10-17 18:59

      He is being sarcastic, go look at his FB wall.

      clive.kihn - 2012-10-17 20:55

      If that's his best, then heaven help us! He's had enough time to prove he's up to the job and he's failed abysmally.

  • TshilidziPhuravhathu - 2012-10-17 18:03

    You should have made that call before you gave your self a fat increase Mr Prez... As a matter of fact how about we cut your pay in half?

  • vincent.vinsaint - 2012-10-17 18:06

    That's my beloved dear head of, will you cut and freeze yours?

  • lex.holmes2 - 2012-10-17 18:06

    This man is totally out of his depth, he is clueless. Wait until the grant money starts drying up, then the paw paw is going to hit the fan!

  • Lerato JT Mabitsela - 2012-10-17 18:08

    He must lead by example.1st Nkandlaville,2nd his salary,3rd salaries of Ministers in his cabinet,who can even agree during interviews that they dont deliver,they are Ministers they develop policies.*text-book sagga minister*

  • thabo.modiba.7 - 2012-10-17 18:11

    Just after your received your increase and back pays. Ps lead by an example.

  • EricksonTL - 2012-10-17 18:11

    Why don't you take a pay CUT Mr. Pres? In solidarity with the wekkers, and because you are earning way, WAY more than what you're worth.

  • jake.ko.71 - 2012-10-17 18:12

    I think he needs to freeze his own R250 million house building...and also freeze his salary ..and freeze the Anc's Lekker R4 billion annual entertainment bill, before talking

  • flysouth - 2012-10-17 18:12

    How very convenient - but only for Zuma and his useless parasites called government ministers - all of whom have just been awarded large increases for the next year! What a disgusting hypoctite we see here! And why should anybody whose salary is paid from profits made by a business and by virtue of his own management acumen take a cut? The source of Zuma's salary is not from profit or any money 'owned' by government - government has no money other than what the taxpayer provides and on that basis these government people are already vastly overpaid.

  • Foremind - 2012-10-17 18:18

    Lead by example mr president, start by freezing urz n ur mps. Freeze Nkandla upgrade, the e-tolls

  • Nhleko Celani - 2012-10-17 18:19

    Why cant he stop R250 million upgrading projects before he can say anything?? this is bed for him, Pres Zuma gets spousal support of more R15 million a year from taxpayers more than that we pay him R2.6 million a year while there is lack of service delivery in various areas. President must first cut spousal support and stop getting married every year to reduce costs- this will results in creation of more jobs.

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-10-17 18:22

    It must be very easy leading the masses that has this idealistic view of the world where funds for salaries miraculously appears. Instead of educating the masses as to the reality of how the industrial and economic world works our un-educated president says freeze salaries of top earners. This is how he gets support by talking rubbish. Now tell them how this will create jobs for the 25% plus unemployed. We are screwed as a country because it is run by clueless leaders!

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-10-17 18:22

    Aren't you the guys that just wasted 4.6 billion on food and travel?

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