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southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba supported the recommendations of the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers to raise the salaries of ministers and MPs.  

This was indicated by the commission’s head of secretariat, Peter Makapan.  Salary increases of 4% for the national executive and deputy ministers and 4.5% for MPs, MPLs and traditional leaders were proposed in a memorandum that was gazetted in October and sent to President Jacob Zuma for approval.  Makapan said the commission had considered the state of the economy before issuing the inflation-targeted increases in terms of which Zuma’s salary would rise to almost R3m from more than R2.8m.  The finance minister had made some inputs, including on percentages, but had not raised the matter of SA’s R50.8bn tax revenue shortfall in consultations.  Although Zuma approved the commission’s recommendation in 2016 not to raise salaries, Makapan said the 0% scenario was not an option for 2017-18 as one of the many negative consequences of a salary freeze was that the salaries of "principals" would fall behind those of their agents.

  • Read this report by Theto Mahlakoana in full at BusinessLive

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