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Recommendations on Salaries of Public Office Bearers Released

February 17, 2020

The Presidency

A 3% annual adjustment to the salaries of Public Office Bearers (POB) earning above R1 500 000 for the 2019/20 financial year has been recommended.

The presidency published the recommendations of the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers in Government Gazette 43019.

The Commission is tasked with making annual recommendations relating to the salaries and/or the upper limits of the salaries, allowances, benefits of POBs and the resources required by some POBs to enable them to perform their respective duties effectively.

Factors taken into account when making the recommendations include the role, status, duties, functions and responsibilities of the POBs concerned, affordability, inflation and available resources.

The Commission has also recommended a 4% adjustment for all categories earning less than R1 500 000.

POBs include members of the national executive, members of parliament, members of provincial executives, local government, judges, magistrates and traditional leaders.

Annual salary recommendations for Independent Constitutional Institutions (ICI) have also been set down.

Entities include the Auditor-General; Independent Electoral Commission; the Public Protector; Independent Communications Authority; Financial and Fiscal Commission; Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities; Human Rights Commission and Commission for Gender Equality.

The Determination of Remuneration of Office-Bearers of Independent Constitutional Institutions Laws Amendment Act came into effect on 1 April 2019.

The act seeks to remove disparities in salaries for members of Chapter Nine Institutions.

The act put a uniform procedure in place and empowered the Commission to consider remuneration of the ICIs and make recommendations.

The Commission has recommended that the office bearers of ICIs be treated in line with other POBs due to the “dire situation of the economy and the pressure that it is exerting on the fiscus”.

Therefore, the Commission recommends a 3% increase for those earning above R1 500 000 and a 4% increase for those earning less than R1 500 000.