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earningsBusinessTech reports that in response to a parliamentary question, cooperative governance and traditional affairs minister Des van Rooyen recently revealed that as of June 2018 there were 14 kingships, queenships, and/or principal traditional leaders across five of SA’s provinces.  

Of the 13 recognised traditional kingdoms recognised previously, only seven will remain once the current incumbent rulers of the identified kingdoms have passed away.  In addition, there were 844 senior traditional leaders across eight provinces (the Western Cape not included) – with just two leaders based in Gauteng and as many as 277 in KwaZulu-Natal.  After a pay freeze in 2017, the majority of traditional leaders saw their salaries increase between 4.5% and 8% for the 2018 financial year.  This was in line with the increases given to ministers, MPs and other senior members of government.  Extrapolating from the data provided, government is calculated to be paying around R250 million a year on the salaries of senior traditional leader, including kings and queens.  This report includes a table indicating the annual salary paid in respect of each rank of traditional leader.

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