Zuma OKs 5.5% increase

2012-07-26 16:44

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has approved a 5.5% salary increase for top public servants, the presidency said on Thursday.

"After taking into consideration the recommendations of the commission and other relevant factors... the President determined that the total remuneration of all public office bearers should be adjusted by 5.5% with effect from 1 April 2012," his spokesperson Mac Maharaj said in a statement.

"The President is empowered by the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers Act, 1998... to determine salaries, allowances and other benefits of the public office bearers."

The Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers announced its recommendation on Wednesday.

Commission chair Judge Willie Seriti said the proposal, which is 0.5% higher than last year's, enjoyed the backing of the ministers consulted, notably Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

It would increase the president's annual pay package up to R2.6m and push that of a Cabinet member to just above the R2m mark.

Premiers would take home R1.88m a year, mayors just over R1m and Members of Parliament R889 383.

The commission said it based its recommendation on the Consumer Price Index, the economic climate and market trends in salary increases.

The recommendation was presented to Zuma in June. He traditionally took a decision on the final figure within two to three months, Seriti said.

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  • sisie.indola - 2012-07-26 16:50

    I am speechless.

      TshilidziPhuravhathu - 2012-07-26 16:57

      you and me both...

      nmateke - 2012-07-26 16:58


      christo.stone - 2012-07-26 17:06

      Nice salary for a public servant who can't do his job =/

      Foodfor - 2012-07-26 17:46

      They are more and more incompetent, yet their pay check continuous to increase?????????

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-26 17:47

      Strange how he approved that... I'm sure he is aiming for another term in Office... Lol... On what does he base the increase? On their performance or on the lack of performance?

      tuco.angeleyes - 2012-07-26 17:51

      This is an insult to all sane South Africans.

      peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-07-26 19:22 am I ! So 5.5% is within the so called inflation rate BUT you work it out......5.5% for an ordinary worker that earns R5000pm and5.5% these bloodsuckers that earns R1mil plus per year !! AND ALL THE NEWSPAPERS REPORTS ABOUT THE MASSIVE IN IQUALITIES IN THE LABOUR MARKET/POOR VERSUS RICH ETC ETC....... WELL........THE GOVERNMENT DOES NOT SEEM TO WORRY !!!! And dont let ANYBODY tell me they have to pay BIG salaries to attract the right people and I will vomit on my bib !! No further comment.

      msendi - 2012-07-27 09:10

      At R2.6m per annum, some citizens earns more eg. some footballers in the country earns more, yet what they do is a drop in the ocean compared to the duties of the President… Let us be fair…

  • nrgx.nrg - 2012-07-26 16:50

    never had any doubt he would approve it. GREED RULES THE ANC!

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-07-26 17:01

      what greed you ask??? Sheesh! none are so blind than those who do not wish to see. Besides, on any other "decision", he has to apply his mind and it takes weeks to get a decision, BUT, when it comes to more money for HIM and his PALS, shoot, it took only a few hours. Goes to show where the priorities lie, yes!

      frank.cornelissen.1 - 2012-07-26 17:02

      Common garden variety thieves dipping into our tax money for personal use. No service, no schoolbooks but these cretins are rewarding themselves! Trash!!

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-07-26 17:02

      Oh gosh you are stupid. He should get paid after his term as president. Give them an incentive to actually do the job that they are assigned to do. How can you justify giving increases that amount to MILLIONS to people who have no done anything to deserve it. And yet civil servants have to fight for weeks to get a measly lil increase.

  • derk.woldendorp - 2012-07-26 16:53

    Zoomer 2.6 million for doing nothing,very nice job you have

      nhamo.dzenyika - 2012-07-26 16:59

      doing nothing Derk? you must be joking

      J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-07-26 17:09

      He means the 'bottom' civil servants; many of them are scarcely paid survival rates.

  • mholthuysen - 2012-07-26 16:55

    And who is surprised - thieves at work - corrupt tossers! Me me me first - parties and extravagant meals next - tenders next - lavish homes fourth - German high speed cars fifth - the country and its people... who cares... open the Dom Perignon!

  • busisiwe.motlhasedi - 2012-07-26 16:57

    ...................brain blocked.........i cannot think of anything to say.

      msendi - 2012-07-27 09:23

      But Busi… We are talking about the President here… Some earns more than that.

  • - 2012-07-26 16:58

    What happened to performance appraisals? Oh sorry, I forgot... does not apply...

  • Isaac Nhlahla - 2012-07-26 16:59

    who know Mr Ngconde Balfour?

      magomarele - 2012-07-26 17:10

      YAH, What happened to him? Is he still overweight due to government money?

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-07-26 17:01

    Did you honestly think he would decline giving himself and his Mafiosi a larger chunk of the tax payers money???

  • magomarele - 2012-07-26 17:11

    He wouldn't have said no...bloody big head.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-26 17:12

    Of course he would ok it! The cadres are used to the good life! Why not take that 5.5% and help people who REALY need it? Oh wait-I forgot You dont and never have cared about the guy freezing in a shanty,rain running under the door,kids crying because they are hungry,you live by the creed "All for cadres-the rest get none"!!

  • nico.maponya - 2012-07-26 17:15

    Why am i not surprised...that's he knows best.What about the future of our kids.Someone please do something about this strange breed of leaders in the ANC.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-26 17:16

    Well of course he has - he's one of those who will benefit - a no brainer on this one. Now if we could just get them to serve the public....

  • thabiso.taelo - 2012-07-26 17:18

    This is too much 4 our president

  • Tshepo Mongale - 2012-07-26 17:19

    People who of you got 5.6% increase? None. you all had 6.8-8% increases and get weekend offs, annual leave and sit at your desks playing solitaire and Sh*t. now shut-up and look at the +ves. Europe is struggling we are still surviving, USA bit the dust not long ago here we still stand. just shut and go home. all of you who talk shower, Z wifes and jets. shut-up

      braamc - 2012-07-26 17:28

      Most of us are actually not thieving useless criminals that perform at work, and you?

      Erna - 2012-07-26 17:41

      But his increase alone is double most people's salary, if not more. And they have to pay for a residence, transport, maintenance, utilities, etc.

      vermie.sevenz - 2012-07-26 18:00

      Surviving? Have you seen the economy lately? our health care? our crime rate? the unemployment rate? How about you go down to all the people still waiting for those goverment housing they were promised years ago and tell them it's ok at least they're survining. Face facts man.

  • mdcocks - 2012-07-26 17:32

    Let's hope that these little decisions are the final straw for those people sitting on the fence with regards to who to vote for. Each time this corrupt fat cat makes such decisions, he pushes his own voters further away....maybe we should start a campaign out in the valleys and rural areas where we go around telling these people with no homes, lights and water about what this moron is actually doing.....

  • Erna - 2012-07-26 17:34

    And this he was able to 'apply his mind' to a lot quicker than usual. Wonder why?

  • Michael - 2012-07-26 17:40

    People, the president must get an increase, why must he do work for free? Some of you want him to travel overseas with Mango airline, please stop being unreasonable, i know i am gonna get quick thumb its ok man....

      mdcocks - 2012-07-26 17:51

      But he doesn't work for free....he is already paid around 2 million rand.....but how can he deserve an increase when his country is in such a BLOODY mess? Maybe if he got in a van and went to deliver some textbooks then he might deserve an increase.....

      vermie.sevenz - 2012-07-26 18:14

      A presidential plane is ok with most people. It's when you start paying for 2 extra planes to be on standby costing a major amount of tax money that could have gone into housing or job creation that people start complaining. And if you say a few million a year is working for free... lord am I doing something wrong? cause by those standards I'm not working for free I'm actualy paying my employers.

  • scarette1 - 2012-07-26 17:45

    Mr President, I am a gov employee. Your fat cats offered me 4,7%, the state can't afford more??????? Will you help me with my carpayment (I have to pay for my own car, that I need everyday to get to work to give my best to the SA taxpayer)? You guys get all the cream, and nobody knows what you do anyway.

  • Frank - 2012-07-26 17:51

    i am sick!i literally cannot stand the sight of this old crook anymore.south africans are in desperate need of education,housing etc. but watch them proudly vote anc again.

  • scarette1 - 2012-07-26 17:52

    Pleassse give me 5,5% and I'll trow away the country's schoolbooks

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-07-26 18:08

    Go take a shower Zuma - Give increases to those who actually WORK for their salary - not to seat polishers!

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-07-26 18:10

    Is this increase calculated on the take-home salary only? Or are there also increases on the car allowance, 2nd car allowance, house allowance, 2nd house allowance, credit card allowance, phone allowance, clothing allowance, painting allowance, mistakely running over a civilian allowance, traffic offence allowance? Please be specific JZ!

  • lucky.maduwa - 2012-07-26 18:13

    why yall complaining about the increase? just get a life and smell mzansi, bunches of inmature kids

  • Given Makhuvele - 2012-07-26 18:14

    its tough to be a south african the only way to get what you deserve (toy toy)

  • 222C9899 - 2012-07-26 18:14

    Liewe donder

  • johan.vantonder.921 - 2012-07-26 18:27

    Where can I apply for a job? I at least had an A for maths in grade 12 and not an H for woodwork???

  • lesego.boikanyo.79 - 2012-07-26 18:33

    Of course he's ok'd it. He has a 1000 kids to feed!

      prof.coetzee - 2012-07-27 07:57

      being the president, the state (taxpayers) feed them anyway, or at least a few of them ... along with certain other perks such as (luxury) housing, transport, education ... the list goes on ... but i hear you lous and clear :)

  • vincent.vinsaint - 2012-07-26 19:19

    Shower has dried off. Increase for what? More viagra... Some one please empty a bucket full of cold water on bumpy head please.

  • mdandrease - 2012-07-26 19:21

    This is ridiculous thinking of all the allowances they get

  • reubenk3 - 2012-07-26 19:33

    President zuma really doesnt want a second term, how can he accept that increament? He could have diverted to people, in the health, education and safety and security department, our teachers in schools will forever be incompetent, since they get paid peanuts, and textbooks are not delivered on time.

      theo.joubert.37 - 2012-07-27 08:37

      @reubenk3 Whether he gets the second term or not, as president he gets salary for life, and this include the salary increase of next year and the years that follow. If our esteemed President had any integrity he would have refused himself and all the ministers this increase and gave a better increase to other public office bearers such as magistrates and those that deserve it based on job performance. But we all know that in general politicians does not have any integrity at all!!

  • johnnie.vercuil - 2012-07-26 19:41

    The President approves the increase - as if he would have done anything else, it is surprising he did not say it must be upped by 10%. Of course judge Seriti cannot leave himself behind.

  • phoofolo.lebohang - 2012-07-26 19:56

    Zuma ur time its up... Zille you better to warm-up...

  • Ditantane - 2012-07-26 20:12

    i rest my case, God bless SA.

  • kerzner.kops - 2012-07-26 20:49

    Hhayibo!!! What happened to that "The work of departments will be measured by outcomes developed through our performance and evaluation system," Zuma told Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday. "The ministers who are responsible for a particular outcome will sign a detailed delivery agreement with the President." This statement is an extract of a speech made in February 2010 when there were Service Delivery protests galore in every corner of the country. With these salary raises I see no KPA's/KPI's being used as measures for the raises. I see no Portfolio of Evidence to warrant Minister "So-and-So" deserving a raise. What the FRIKKEDEL IS GOING ON HERE??? Suddenly there's amnesia on what was said about Performance-based governance. Collins Chabane is not doing his job. He's the first to get the boot. Where did this Willie Seriti get the proof that these bafoons should get the salary raise? I know it's not everyone that is not doing their job but more than 98% of the whole lot should be getting salary cuts if not being booted out of office. THIS IS UTTER RUBBISH!!!!!!! Wonderful people read this link just as a reminder:

  • phumlani.veliti - 2012-07-26 20:49

    There's a lot of cash in this country lol

      mantsho.tlali - 2012-07-26 22:18

      It doesn't do its job ot taking care of the poor people of South Africa, thats what sad.

  • vasee.pillay - 2012-07-26 21:53

    What a shame on pay ministers,deputies,kings and traditional leaders millions in salaries.The govt thinks that the taxpayer is a cash cow that it can milk it willy nilly. Think again fellas as soon as the treasury dries up what then. Seems like in anticipation the govt is overpaying itself before it happens. Nobody in govt.should earn more than 450000 rand per year. When the figure is reached a 3% gratutity should be given once a year on their birthday. In this way all the excess payments running into millions could be used for the poor or for education and building of schools. The ANC misusing public money to enrich themselves. I dont think other countries pay their govt employees the way we do. The plundering the bank without remorse. Many peoples retirement funds over 25 years is earned by these people in one year. What a shame.Zuma passed the increase for ministers without any thought.Some ministers are unhappy with the increase inspite of earning millions. Wake up before we are bankrupt.

  • Jose Pereira - 2012-07-26 21:57

    And the rich get richer

      Sandra Caroline Koekemoer - 2012-07-27 07:25

      I agree Jose - @ the rich get richer - its unbelievable the salaries these people earn for a job not well done !!

  • mantsho.tlali - 2012-07-26 22:35

    Until the people do things differently, l mean vote for change, we will continue to have a headache about this goverment, The reason why this government does not care is because they know even if they are corrupt they will continue to get votes, since local election it has been a disaster after disaster. The people spoke of change but failed to show it at the ballot box,Majority of the people continue to suffer even more, So who cares is their fault.

  • kingpin.molema - 2012-07-26 23:11

    I thought he will lower it to 0.5% and channel the rest to end current impulse of public workers salary increase

  • syanda.mhlongo.3 - 2012-07-27 04:45

    Mr President sir I'm a young youth in serious need of a job, in a country with an unemployment rate of close to 30% would it not be a tad bit wiser to reinvest that type money in the economy, thats a few hundred jobs a year don't you think? Or is it too much for you and your Jet Setting ways?

  • AlQuestioningLife - 2012-07-27 07:59

    Why don't some non-performing minister get a PAY REDUCTION? e.g.Minister of Education comes to mind. Why don't all ministers who need a consultant so as to perform have that consultants costs deducted off their own salary after all we should be paid for what we known and do and not for riding on the backs of others people.

  • olwethu.luphoko - 2012-07-27 08:14

    So disgusting.

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-07-27 08:17

    Again this proves the ANC government does not care in the least for the poor and homeless people in this country. The gravy train gets more and more lucrative and all they really care about lining their own pockets. On the lower end of the scale MP's will get in the region of R4000 per month more and JZ will get an extra R12000 not bad all all. How many of our poorer workers earn R4000 per month. We as ordinary citizens are feeling the pinch and have had to curtail our spending and will now have to foot the bill for the massive extra amount. Do not forget most public officials have subsisided housing or allowances. To say the least this is disgusting and totally unacceptable.

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-07-27 08:37

    Wow, when every other Government and private sector in the world is freezing salaries or cutting back salaries our amazing thieves at the top get more!! The worst part is that the majority of the ANC votes come from people who will never see this kind of thing so they will keep on voting for them!

      phatenitiyi.frisco - 2012-07-29 22:36

      i thnk u r right thr coz the votes cumz 4rm old people wh dnt evn knw wat is going on

  • grant.taylor.142 - 2012-07-27 08:58

    That means he can have two more wives and a Mercedes...

  • carolyn.dewrance - 2012-07-27 10:09

    And the pensioners continue to go hungry and homeless.

  • paul.vanvuuren.927 - 2012-07-27 12:09

    obviously he would approve it. The cANCer is bleeding this country dry.

  • sabelo.sigudu - 2012-07-27 13:21

    This shows clear that this government doesn't care who says what....Next elections people need to show the government that they are not stupid as the government think.

  • MakaLihle - 2012-07-27 14:33

    They r buzy increasing their saries bathini ngencwadi zabantwana...really disgusting.

  • nahi.straton - 2012-08-10 10:23

    While kids still got no books(Limpopo textbooks still outstanding), you are busy increasing you salary, what's wrong with you?

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