Here’s how much South Africa’s ministers and other top government 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 (14 May), the president announced the salaries will take effect retroactively from 1 April 2020, with most senior officials receiving no increase.

This aligns with recommendations made by the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers earlier this year.

The recommendations are based on consultations with the minister of finance, the minister of Justice, the chief justice and Lower Courts Remuneration Committee, and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

“The commission has considered the fiscal condition of the country demonstrated in the previous financial years (2018/2019 and 2019/2020), the state’s wage bill and the impact of Public Office Bearers’ salary increment on the fiscus and general economic status of the country which has been negatively affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, affordability of the fiscus, relevant legislation and all other factors referred to above.”

“As a result, the commission has recommended that there be no increment (0%) to the remuneration of all POBs’ categories.”

In 2020, Ramaphosa, the deputy president, and members of cabinet took a 33% pay cut for three months as part of a contribution to South Africa’s fight against the coronavirus, donating the money to the country’s Solidarity Fund.


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


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Here’s how much South Africa’s ministers and other top government officials will get paid this year