Masina also said discussions were under way for heads of departments to donate a 25% contribution, divisional heads to donate a 12,5% contribution and officials to donate a 5% contribution over the next three months. Chairpersons of committees and councillors were being consulted too.
“We must all heed the call made by President Ramaphosa for us to rise to the occasion and live up to this national Thuma Mina moment. Every effort and gesture we can make as citizens will go far in assisting efforts to flatten the curve,” said Masina.
The SA Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) said on Friday its members would not participate in the salary cut challenge.
Samwu said municipal workers “do not have money laying around, unlike politicians”.
“We will therefore leave this challenge to politicians as we are not prepared and will not subsidise operations of employers.”
Samwu said municipalities should instead be talking about remuneration of workers who are on the front-line and payments of overtime that workers have put in outside their normal working hours.
“Forcing municipal workers to take a salary cut would be a declaration of war ... We expect municipalities to pay workers their salaries in full, including their benefits in line with their conditions of service.”