President Cyril Ramaphosa has approved the salaries for a number of top government and parliamentary positions.
In a gazette published on Friday (21 February), the president announced that a number of senior officials including the deputy president and ministers would not be receiving an increase this year.
Other lower-ranking officials earning less than R1.5 million can expect to see increases of around 3%.
This aligns with comments made by finance minister Tito Mboweni in his 2019 Budget Speech in which he indicated that the public wage bill is unsustainable and emphasised that the national and provincial budgets will be reduced by R27 billion over the next three years.
To reduce the expenditure on remuneration, Mboweni said that members of Parliament, provincial legislatures and executives at public entities will not receive a salary increase during 2019/2020 financial year.
These official salaries are also below the recommended salary increases for South Africa’s government officials as gazetted by the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers.
It recommended increases of 3% for office bearers who earn above R1.5 million, and 4% for those earning below that.
This would have seen ministers earning R2.47 million a year, with deputy ministers at R2.04 million. Members of the National Assembly (and their NCOP counterparts) would take home R1.15 million.
The approved salaries for these positions are instead R2.4 million, R1.98 million, and R1.14 million, respectively.
Among the approved salaries are the pay freeze for Deputy President David Mabuza, who will take home R2.82 million, and leaders of the opposition parties in Parliament.
The DA leader, as the official opposition, will take home R1.6 million, while EFF leader Julius Malema and other leaders of minority parties will score R1.35 million.
The official salaries are outlined below.
Deputy president, Ministers and Deputy Ministers
|Deputy President||R2 825 470|
|Minister||R2 401 633|
|Deputy Minister||R1 977 795|
Members of the National Assembly and Delegates to the National Council of Provinces
|Speaker: National Assembly||R2 825 470|
|Chairperson: NCOP||R2 825 470|
|Deputy Speaker: National Assembly||R1 977 795|
|Deputy Chairperson: NCOP||R1 977 795|
|House Chairperson||R1 882 488|
|Chief Whip: Majority Party||R1 600 467|
|Chief Whip: NCOP||R1 600 467|
|Parliamentary Council: President||R1 600 467|
|Parliamentary Council: Deputy President||R1 600 467|
|Leader of Opposition||R1 600 467|
|Chairperson of a Committee||R1 495 755|
|Deputy Chief Whip: Majority Party||R1 346 232|
|Chief Whip: Largest Minority Party||R1 346 232|
|Leader of a Minority Party||R1 346 232|
|Whip||R1 249 236|
|Member: National Assembly||R1 137 933|
|Permanent Delegate: NCOP||R1 137 933|
Premiers, Executive Councils and Provincial Legislatures
|Premier||R2 260 409|
|Member of Executive Council||R1 977 785|
|Speaker||R1 977 785|
|Deputy Speaker||R1 600 467|
|Chief Whip: Majority Party||R1 495 755|
|Chairperson of Committees||R1 346 235|
|Leader of Opposition||R1 346 235|
|Chairperson of a Committee||R1 346 235|
|Deputy Chairperson of Committees||R1 266 567|
|Deputy Chief Whip: Majority Party||R1 266 567|
|Chief Whip: Largest Minority Party||R1 266 567|
|Leader of a Minority Party||R1 266 567|
|Parliamentary Counsellor to a King/Queen||R1 137 933|
|Whip||R1 137 933|
|Member of Provincial Legislature||R1 101 348|