Politicians will be tightening their belts with the rest of South Africa next year.
In Cape Town, there will be no pay increase for Mayor Patricia de Lille and her executive in the new year, due to the country’s “economic distress”.
Only ordinary councillors who don’t hold any additional portfolios will receive a four percent “cost-of-living adjustment”.
In a report published in the Government Gazette, the Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office-Bearers said the weak economy meant increases were not possible and public servants should view the zero increase as a “patriotric sacrifice”, reports Cape Argus.
Municipal unions had agreed on a six percent increase effective July 1, 2016, according to a multi-year agreement signed last year.
According to the Commission’s determinations, the mayor’s salary will remain at R1.24m a year, while the deputy mayor and speaker will still to earn R1m.
Members of the mayoral committee, chairmen of subcouncils and chief whip will earn R940 680.
But ordinary councillors will see their pay rise from R519 261 to R540 031, backdated to July 1.
The pay cuts imposed by the Commission extends across the board – from the president to his national executive, national parliament, provincial executive and provincial legislature.
Because municipal councillors are the lowest paid of the elected officials, it was decided to throw them a lifeline.