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earningsBusinessLive reports that MPs are worried by the high salaries and benefits paid to senior university executives, in particular vice-chancellors, and have called for an inquiry into the matter.  

The salaries and perks of some vice-chancellors — the academic sector's equivalent of CEOs — have been under scrutiny in recent months amid calls for cash-strapped universities to cut back on expenditure.  Earlier in October, it was reported that academics were calling for the scrapping of performance bonuses for university vice-chancellors, after two of them pocketed R1.1m each in 2018.  The two who received those bonuses are SA's highest-paid vice-chancellor, Unisa's Mandla Makhanya, who earned R5.2m in 2018, and the second-highest earner, Tshilidzi Marwala of the University of Johannesburg (UJ), who took home R4.9m.  On Thursday, Parliament’s portfolio committee on higher education, science and technology said, notwithstanding the autonomy of institutions to set their own salaries, it was concerned that the high remuneration levels paid to senior managers at some universities were not commensurate with the performance of their institutions, in particular research outputs and throughput rates.  The committee will request the minister of higher education, science and technology to commission an inquiry through the Council on Higher Education.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Bekezela Phakathi at BusinessLive
  • Read too, MPs want inquiry into academic’ pay, at Mail & Guardian

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