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earningsThe Citizen writes that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s freeze on the salaries of executive, parliamentary and provincial office-bearer is a welcome announcement.  

But leading economist Dawie Roodt commented that it would take a lot more than “symbolic gestures” to improve things – including cutting his Cabinet by 75% and senior government managers and CEOs of parastatals by half.  The total value of salaries earned by Cabinet members and other political office-bearers was not going to make a difference in terms of finances, Roodt argued, adding that:  “You have to cut where it matters the most, from senior and middle-management levels.  There is a huge number of civil servants, especially the middle managers and that fat needs to be cut.”  Well-known economist Mike Schűssler said Ramaphosa’s announcement was a “powerful political statement” that would send good signals that the government was serious about stopping public waste.  Trade union federations Cosatu and Saftu commended Ramaphosa.  “We are happy the president has risen to the occasion.  It should not make sense to reward people who are already well paid when the workers and their families suffer due to low wages,” Cosatu’s Sizwe Pamla said.  This was echoed by Saftu’s Zwelinzima Vavi, who said it was commendable the president made the gesture when he and his executive earned far less than the CEOs of SOEs.

  • Read Eric Naki’s original report in this regard in full at The Citizen


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