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I do not earn R2.4m a year‚ says Emfuleni manager

The city manager of Emfuleni Local Municipality in the Vaal Triangle says the salary figures released in Parliament for his post are not what he is currently earning.

Times Media’s parliamentary team reported on Wednesday that Emfuleni city manager Yunus Chamda was among the highest paid public officials in the country. His salary was reported at R2.4-million‚ behind the highest paid city manager Jason Ngobeni of the City of Tshwane with a R3-million a year.

However‚ Chamda said the amount stated by Parliament was in fact that earned by his predecessor and that he was earning less.

“I was seconded to Emfuleni from the Sedibeng post. That is not my current salary‚” Chamda explained‚ adding that his current salary was R1.4-million.

He said the Emfuleni council would be voting on Wednesday to reduce the salary normally accompanying the position from R2.4-million to R1.9-million.

 Tshwane metro municipal manager Jason Ngobeni is the country’s highest paid civil servant‚

 The 2014/15 salaries of almost all of the country’s municipal managers were contained in a response by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) to a parliamentary question by the Democratic Alliance’s Nomsa Marchesi.

Ngobeni was appointed to the post in 2011 and‚ even then‚ was out-earning the president. Officials at the time said that a favourable salary package needed to be offered in a bid to secure and retain him in the position.

Other metro municipal managers salaries range between R1.9-million for Buffalo City and R2.8 million for Ekhuruleni. The eThekwini and Mangaung municipal managers’ packages are on par at around R2.4 million each while the City of Cape Town municipal manager earns just over R2.2 million. The Johannesburg municipal manager takes home R2.6 million annually.

In Nelson Mandela Bay‚ the position‚ which comes with a salary package of R2-million‚ is vacant.

Salaries for municipal managers in district municipalities vary between around R1-million to R1.5-million‚ while in local municipalities municipal managers’ salaries vary wildly from the R425‚000 paid to Bela-Bela’s manager to around R1.8-million.



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