Despite the already hefty and lucrative benefits councillors in South Africa receive, Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced more than 9,000 councillors received salary increases.
According to Mkhize’s notice in the December Government Gazette, the council convened, and the resolution was reached when the majority of councillors approved the increase and obtained permission from the MEC for local government.
Large salary increases for councillors in SA
According to the notice, members of the executive committee, chairpersons of sub-councils and whips will earn R1,027,223, while speakers and deputy mayors will walk away with R1,090,488. Mayors in metro municipalities will get a whopping R1,350,250.
In addition to the hefty increase, councillors elected to a district municipality will be entitled to a sitting allowance amounting to R1020 regardless of the district council or committee meetings on a specific day, this is according to Mayibongwe Maqhina from Political Bureau.
Councillors who use their own transport will be reimbursed for the travels – those driving municipal-owned vehicles won’t receive this benefit. In addition, councillors will also be paid a phone allowance and a data allowance of R3,400 and R300 per month, respectively. They will receive a municipality-owned laptop or tablet, while councillors who are visually impaired will receive a Braille reader.
Councillors will also receive life and disability cover at the municipality’s expense and will be covered for damage to their property or assets as a result of riot, civil unrest or public disorder.
The special risk insurance on residential property will be limited to R1.5m while on vehicles it is limited to R750 000. The life and disability insurance is limited to two times the total remuneration package of a counsellor