Government workers who can now earn as much as Ramaphosa

 ·30 May 2024

Thembisile Nkadimeng, Minister of Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), has gazetted the new upper limits of total remuneration packages payable to municipal managers.

Municipal managers are the Heads of Administration and the Accounting Officers of a municipality. Unlike Mayoral positions, they are not voted for by the public.

The limits—which take retroactive effect from 1 July 2023—are based on a strategic framework for the remuneration of senior managers across all municipalities.

The department said that the remuneration takes into consideration the core reward principles aimed at ensuring that the remuneration of senior managers remains cost-effective, consistent, internally equitable, externally competitive, and aligned to the achievement of the objectives of municipalities.

With this, the framework gives points to municipalities based on the total municipal income, total population sizes, and equitable share of individual municipalities.

The total number of points allocated to a municipality is then categorised on a scale from one to ten, which defines remuneration levels.

This is then split across a ‘minimum’, ‘midpoint’ and ‘maximum’ level based on the experience, competencies, qualifications and the capabilities of individual managers.

With a municipal categorisation of 10 and a maximum remuneration package, a municipal manager can earn R4.2 million per year.

On the other end of the scale, the lowest amount municipal managers can earn is R1.07 million.

The upper limits of the annual total remuneration packages payable to municipal managers are the following:

While President Ramaphosa’s salary is yet to be gazetted, the budget for the Presidency in 2023/24 said that the President’s salary would remain unchanged at R4.2 million.

This means that municipal managers can earn as much as the President.

That said, Ramaphosa donated half of his salary to the Nelson Mandela Foundation. He is estimated to be a billionaire (US$D450 million in 2015) due to his previous business interests, which included work with McDonald’s, MTN, Lonmin, Alexander Forbes, and more.

So even if the municipal manager does earn the same salary as the President, they are unlikely to have close to the wealth that he has accumulated through his business interests.

Other figures

The Gazette also outlines the upper remuneration limits for top-level managers who report to municipal managers.

These officials can vary from R880 thousand to R3.40 million, depending on the municipal categorisation and remuneration package:

The gazette can be found below (mobile users can click here):


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