This is how much Mabuza, Malema and other officials will get paid this year

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

Position Total remuneration
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

Position Total remuneration
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

Position Total remuneration
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

Presidency approved salaries by BusinessTech on Scribd


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