President Jacob Zuma has approved salary increases for government officials, following a pay freeze in 2017 which affected most layers of government this past year.
For cabinet ministers, deputy ministers and members of parliament (MPs), this will mark the first salary increase in two years.
In 2016 (and 2017), the salary for ministers was at R2.31 million per annum – with the Zuma-approved 4% increase, this will now be around R2.4 million.
Likewise, for deputies, salaries will increase from R1.9 million to R1.98 million after the 4% hike.
The 4% hike also applies to all judges and the provincial executive, who were also affected by the salary freeze. Their new salaries for 2018 are reflected as follows:
- Minister – R2.4 million (up from R2.31 million)
- Deputy minister – R1.98 million (up from R1.9 million)
- Premier – R2.256 million (up from R2.17 million)
- ConCourt/SCA Judge – R2.256 million (up from R2.17 million)
- High Court Judge – R1.84 million (up from R1.77 million)
Zuma approved 4.5% salary hikes for MPs, Kings and Queens and provincial leaders.
- Members of parliament – R1.08 million (up from R1.03 million)
- Kings/Queens – R1.18 million (up from R1.13 million)
Magistrates were granted a 5.5% increase, which would take salaries up from R835,000 in 2016/17 to R880,925 in 2018.
The president also saw a salary freeze in 2017 at R2.87 million.However, he does not sign off on his own salary, and any increase will need to be put before parliament in the new year.