The manager who outearns Jacob Zuma
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The manager who outearns Jacob Zuma

2014-10-26 18:11

Johannesburg - The manager of Gauteng’s Emfuleni Local Municipality in the Vaal Triangle earns R200 000 a year more than President Jacob Zuma, according to City Press.

Sam Shabalala (52) pockets R2.8m each year, making him South Africa’s most well-paid municipal manager.

The municipality, which includes Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark, services 722 000 residents and has a budget of R3.9bn.

Shabalala earns about R100 000 more than both Tshwane Metro’s municipal manager, Jason Ngobeni, and Joburg’s manager, Trevor Fowler.

Joburg’s metro council has a budget of R44bn and serves a population of 4.6 million people, while Tshwane gets R26bn for 2.9 million residents.

Both Fowler and Ngobeni handle far bigger budgets and much larger constituencies, but earn less money than Shabalala. This is because salaries at local government level are not regulated. Municipalities can decide for themselves about officials’ compensation.

Neither Shabalala nor the Emfuleni council could be reached for comment.

The system is abused to such an extent that officials in smaller, poor and rural municipalities earn much higher salaries than their counterparts in urban municipalities, said Theo Venter, political and policy analyst at North-West University.

“There is almost never money for municipal workers, whose salaries are disgracefully low compared with the salaries of city managers,” said an SA Municipal Workers’ Union legal officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

“Use the money instead to improve workers’ living conditions, to build roads, provide services, sewage disposal and street lighting.”

Pravin Gordhan, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, has finally addressed the issue and announced new regulations in terms of which the maximum is fixed for the salaries of municipal managers throughout the country, said Venter.

These regulations took effect on July 1.

Venter said the new limits do not mean that current municipal managers will suddenly take cuts in their salaries – the regulations apply only to new appointments in these posts.

“City managers’ high salaries are indicative of the larger problems in local authorities,” said Venter.

“In many cases, municipalities spend more than 35% of their total budgets on salaries.

“This means that taxpayers’ money is used to enrich officials instead of for service delivery and maintenance,” he said.

Biggest municipal earners per annum

1. Emfuleni (Gauteng) – Sam Shabalala, R2.8m

2. Tshwane (Gauteng) – Jason Ngobeni, R2.6m

3. Joburg (Gauteng) – Trevor Fowler, R2.6m

4. eThekwini (KwaZulu-Natal) – S’bu Sithole, R2.2m

5. Mangaung (Free State) – Sibongile Mazibuko, R2.1m

6. Cape Town (Western Cape) – Achmat Ebrahim, R2.1m

7. Nelson Mandela Bay Metro (Eastern Cape) – Mpilo Mbambisa, R1.7m

8. Fezile Dabi district (Sasolburg, Free State) – Lindi Molibeli, R1.6m (will increase to R2m this year)

9. George (Western Cape) – Trevor Botha, R1.4m

10. Mogale City (Krugersdorp, Gauteng) – Dan Mashitisho, R1.5m

Sources: Municipal financial statements, department of cooperative governance and traditional affairs, Treasury

Comments
  • clinton.swanepoel.14 - 2014-10-26 18:22

    Its not like we did not know this. Prison time for them. That is the only way.

      Made-inthe South - 2014-10-26 18:38

      Freeloaders vote these ones into office and then the honest ratepayers must pay.It is time the taxpayers start to withhold double taxation like e-trolls and finish double taxation once and for all.

      Made-inthe South - 2014-10-26 18:42

      I recently read this in the investigative newspaper on Fridays. In 2010 the SIU had begun investigating a building contractor Khotso Frank Khasu over a major contract with the Naledi municipality in the North West province for the building of 3000 low cost houses in Vryburg, The SIU found that only 4 houses had been buildt and that Khasu Engineering Services,which Khasu owns,billed the coumcil for millions of rands for earthworks,roads,stormwater structures,streetlights etc that were never buildt. On the purported grounds that the project was urgent no tender process was followed. Between June 2008 and September 2009,the council paid R27 million to Khasu Engineering and another R58 million into the personal accounts of Khasu.By May the following year all 3 accounts had been emptied. He was appointed the chief director of the Traditional Affairs and Co-Operative governance department in October 2013,with a minimum salary of R930 000.Gordhans new department. Up to today there was no prosecution,or asset freezes and no money paid back

      Raymond Randall - 2014-10-26 18:50

      Gordhan is just as corrupt as all his mates are

      Johan Arno Cilliers - 2014-10-26 19:01

      Lekker man..Let them eat cake

      Susan Pretorius - 2014-10-27 08:48

      At least nobody can outsteal him...

  • Mfundo Jele - 2014-10-26 18:23

    i give up

      Made-inthe South - 2014-10-26 18:40

      Maybe this cadre has his own mini Nkandla.

      Mike Heyns - 2014-10-26 19:24

      Hahahahahahahha!!!!!!!!!! Nkandla Maths-101. Guess who is going to explain tomorrow?? And it ain't me!!! Sadly, his salary will not be reduced, but jz's increased!!!

  • Martin McKenna - 2014-10-26 18:24

    Is this news and would anyone be surprised? Let's wait for the "official" reaction to this disquieting, abominable and other similar adjectives

      Made-inthe South - 2014-10-26 18:43

      I recently read this in the investigative newspaper on Fridays. In 2010 the SIU had begun investigating a building contractor Khotso Frank Khasu over a major contract with the Naledi municipality in the North West province for the building of 3000 low cost houses in Vryburg, The SIU found that only 4 houses had been buildt and that Khasu Engineering Services,which Khasu owns,billed the coumcil for millions of rands for earthworks,roads,stormwater structures,streetlights etc that were never buildt. On the purported grounds that the project was urgent no tender process was followed. Between June 2008 and September 2009,the council paid R27 million to Khasu Engineering and another R58 million into the personal accounts of Khasu.By May the following year all 3 accounts had been emptied. He was appointed the chief director of the Traditional Affairs and Co-Operative governance department in October 2013,with a minimum salary of R930 000.Gordhans new department. Up to today there was no prosecution,or asset freezes and no money paid back

  • Chris Els - 2014-10-26 18:24

    Amazing.These members worry only of their own pocket. Cut his salary into half and you can build at least 15 RDP houses. Sies man.

      Maboko Mahlaole - 2014-10-26 18:53

      Ooh...he will cry like a baby!

      Mike Heyns - 2014-10-26 19:29

      Sorry Chris, but you must've heard the story of the three little pigs? "I'll huff and I'll puff and they all fell down"!! How many RDP houses built to date? Say 3 million? How many still habitable? Umhhhh..........

      carmen.tatumm - 2014-10-26 21:22

      Lmao mike

  • Annelize Buitendach-Roesch - 2014-10-26 18:24

    This article would be more worth if it is alligned to the outcomes and financial health of the Metro's and Municipalities. A clean audit would be a good measure.

  • Sterling Ferguson - 2014-10-26 18:24

    None of these people are directly elected to office by the people of SA.

  • Tristan Fynn - 2014-10-26 18:25

    My dad was the town engineer as Manager, he retired 10 years ago on a net salary of R15900.00 Those days you worked to serve not enrich yourself. Its unnacceptable the money being paid to these ppl who have run our once proud municipalities into the ground.

  • Simphiwe Innocent - 2014-10-26 18:25

    Eh,i smell blood there.

  • Maboko Mahlaole - 2014-10-26 18:26

    Now how much dose he steal per year?

  • Andrew Terr - 2014-10-26 18:26

    Lies.They did not factor Zuma's income from corrupt activities.

  • Paul Valas - 2014-10-26 18:35

    Take take take! I should have joined government so I can enrich myself. Working at an Investment Bank is nowhere near as lucrative. Then again, I'm the wrong colour to work in government, so I'll just continue to earn an honest salary while these thieves rape our country.

  • Melvin Palmer - 2014-10-26 18:36

    =!This just makes me angry!!

  • Kevin Marsh - 2014-10-26 18:39

    No municipal manager should earn even 1 million . They are public servants . This is why the country is going from bad to worse . The government workforce is bigger then the USA . WTF!!!!!!

      marnus.vandermerwe - 2014-10-26 22:51

      Well said!!

      sxp - 2014-10-27 09:16

      I agree.

  • Renegade - 2014-10-26 18:41

    No surprise here! Thugs

  • Maboko Mahlaole - 2014-10-26 18:46

    Earning 2,8mzar, what is he doing? That's a good story to tell!

  • Lynette Hugo - 2014-10-26 18:46

    Geen wonder ons betaal so baie vir die munisipaliteit elke maand nie.

  • Johan Nothnagel - 2014-10-26 18:48

    Now these corrupted parasites wants to raise taxes next year ? "Kiss me not on the left bum, kiss me not on the right bum...BUT IN THE GROOVE!"

      carmen.tatumm - 2014-10-26 21:23

      Lol

  • David Blyth - 2014-10-26 18:55

    Then look at the service we receive - they are not worth it - fire them!

  • Joel Mabeke - 2014-10-26 18:58

    So stop complaining because the very same money comes to your businesses.

      Johan Nothnagel - 2014-10-26 19:10

      Will send you a banana for your brainless clueless comments, so go back to your cave and take a nap .....

      Theunis De Jongh - 2014-10-26 19:11

      We have to do here with a government that is mismanaging this country's economy. The people are moaning about the big picture Joel.

      Zahir - 2014-10-26 19:39

      Must be hard going through life without a working brain idiot

      carmen.tatumm - 2014-10-26 21:28

      Hahahaha Johan priceless comment! I must say the comments makes me laugh... Great sense of humor but serious aswell lol

  • Maggie Louw - 2014-10-26 19:04

    And then they still have the nerve to give themselves increases every year. These exorbitant salaries of ALL politicians are out of kilter with wages and salaries of the actual workers. INCREASE salaries at the bottom end and REDUCE salaries at top end. Oh, but I forgot, any Minister of Finance that would have the nerve to implement the most logical rule of all, will be re-deployed! ..... and lose his fat salary. shem

  • Liewe Heksie - 2014-10-26 19:06

    Clueless, clueless, clueless

  • Robert Khumatesicjkv Sauka - 2014-10-26 19:15

    Waste all the money you can while fellow black people use a bucket as a toilet...shame on the leadership

  • Jan Hendrik Beukes - 2014-10-26 19:21

    This discusses me to the core and shames me to call myself a South African, such disregard to the people they're ment to serve. Are you happy ANC supporters? ...

      Solomon Morwape - 2014-10-27 04:06

      Eish, discussing indeed

      Chris May - 2014-10-27 05:58

      Good one, Solomon

  • Dave Thipe - 2014-10-26 19:23

    What skills and competencies do they possess for them to earn such massive salaries?? To award tenders to other cadres??? And, all of them, they won't even cut it in the private sector..

  • Johan Nothnagel - 2014-10-26 19:24

    Wha ha ha ha ha!!!! South √Āfrica is the next Ethiopia. Money is running out and absolutely no future was created. I see very bad country wide protests coming soon.......Goodbye South Africa

  • Dave Thipe - 2014-10-26 19:24

    What skills and competencies do they possess for them to earn such massive salaries?? To award tenders to other cadres??? And, all of them, they won't even cut it in the private sector..

      sam.e.scapes - 2014-10-26 19:57

      This is exactly what makes us so sick and fed up, us the guys that get to carry on funding this bunch of .....

  • Frank Jordaan - 2014-10-26 19:25

    With this salary his municipality must be no 1 in terms of service delivery, maintenance of infra structures, zero corruption and clean audits.

  • Lukas Bekker - 2014-10-26 19:30

    What the sheeple don't realise is that money does not fall out of the sky. You have to take it from someone to give it to someone else. These guys are taking your money. They took it from you. Not from whites or from government from you

  • Felicity Olander - 2014-10-26 19:39

    We understand Kouga municipality in the Eastern Cspe spends over 70% of their income on salaries. We sit with potholed roads & the residents do their best at filling them

  • Renette Kumm - 2014-10-26 19:44

    Knysna Municipal Manager in excess of R 1,4 mill for a small coastal town. How sick is this.

  • Brad Smith - 2014-10-26 19:48

    Sure, but does he have a R250m home? Loser.

  • Michael Kelynack - 2014-10-26 19:54

    Can we please all just vote for a better party next election? Getting tired of this

  • TheWingman - 2014-10-26 19:57

    Look at Western Cape and see how a country must be run!!! Well done Helen!! We are behind you :)

  • Anton Claassen - 2014-10-26 20:04

    Out earning and out stealing are 2 different things....Zuma comes up trumps any day. The Gupta's amongst other fill his pockets

  • Pamela Mika - 2014-10-26 20:07

    Yooo this country ne... Sh#t is enough to make one go on a shooting rampage, seriously.

  • Steven Francisco - 2014-10-26 20:22

    The gravy train is full up

  • Ian Smith - 2014-10-26 20:24

    You get what you vote for

  • Lindokuhle Mhlongo - 2014-10-26 20:35

    zimbiwe yinsele

  • Paven Naidoo - 2014-10-26 21:46

    please read the article pravin gordan has sorted it out.He has regulated the pay of municipal managers.What has happened is done.Lets celebrate the positive

      Chase Meredith - 2014-10-27 11:35

      No Praven Naidoo it is not sorted out. Only new appointments to the job will have a max limit... Those earning more than the max limit will continue to earn unreasonably high salaries.

  • Erwin de Ruiter - 2014-10-26 21:49

    These are obviously execs who can afford etolls with my money!

  • Nathi Ntshobodwana - 2014-10-26 21:53

    Thats what happens when crooks deploy each other..... You cannot vote a cockroach to run your kitchen. It will multiply and its progeny will consume more than yours......

  • Chantelle Crocker Monaghan - 2014-10-26 21:53

    wtf... something seriously wrong with our country..

  • Ian Murray - 2014-10-26 22:17

    There are many people who are more able and intelligent than Zuma who should be paid more. No problem surprise with economic envy here. But no R250mill house has been factored in.

  • nandipha.pepu - 2014-10-26 22:20

    Imagine if they could all donate just one month of salary to a cause!

  • Grandy Momanyi - 2014-10-26 22:38

    Can one expect good service delivery to the people while money is being siphoned out through fatty and juice remuneration to a few individuals at the top as if they skills are worthy it?

  • Anton Claassen - 2014-10-26 22:50

    Out earning and out stealing are 2 different things....Zuma comes up trumps any day. The Gupta's amongst other fill his pockets

  • Thabo Victor - 2014-10-26 22:57

    Its obvious, if you support Zuma's corruption you will be rewarded.

  • Djochiem Maartens - 2014-10-26 22:57

    I live in Vereeniging, road conditions are ridiculous, now I know why...

  • marnus.vandermerwe - 2014-10-26 23:06

    (R233,000pm?) This is just the tip of the massive heist of our tax money. There's many more like him. What do they not understand of the term "Public Servant"? Our public servants earn way too much and government must make an example and reduce their salaries before increasing taxes, they have to win back the public trust.

  • marnus.vandermerwe - 2014-10-26 23:07

    #YMCMB

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