Pay hikes for public office bearers approved

BY CHARL BOSCH - JANUARY 30, 2015

The Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers has confirmed the approval of a 5% pay increase for public officer bearers earning more than R1-million a year, and 6% increase for those earning less than R1-million.

According to a document obtained and printed by Citypress, the adjustment comes after the announcement that the repo rate will remain unchanged with the average inflation rate being put at 5.4%.

The resulting increase would see President Jacob Zuma earning R2 753 689 per year, up from R2 622 561, and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa R2 602 297 from the previous R2 478 378.

National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete and Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng’s salaries will increase from R2 478 378 to R2 602 297, while those of Ministers will go up from R2 106 607 to R2 211 937.

Deputy Ministers will now receive R1 821 577 versus the previous R1 734 835, and Ordinary Members of Parliament R989 883 instead of R933 852. The salaries of Premiers will be adjusted to R2 081 868 from R1 982 731 and those of Mayors to R1 152 803 compared to R1 097 907.

Lastly, traditional leader and kings will now receive R1 078 599 from R1 027 237.