Zero Percent Pay Increase: Here’s The 2017 Salaries For SA Officials


Following government’s decision to adopt a zero percent pay increase, government officials like Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, EFF’s Julius Malema, Pravin Gordhan and DA’s Maimane will have changes in their salaries.

SA Government has gazetted the official salary increase for public office bearers for 2017 as it implements the zero percent pay increase recommended by the Independent Commission on the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers last year.

The new salaries for officials exclude the salary for President Jacob Zuma, as his salary changes are determined by Parliament, and is still to be debated.

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Therefore, while Zuma’s salary remains at R2.87 million, the new salaries for government officials are listed in the latest government gazette (No.40569).

Last year, the Independent Commission on the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers recommended that public officials earning high salaries – including the president, deputy president and all ministers and deputy ministers – should get a zero percent pay increase in salaries for 2017.

The recommendation was reached in November last year after the finance minister Pravin Gordhan informed the commission that no money was available for salary increase without borrowing funds.

After much consultation with various stakeholders, the commission said: “The higher level of unemployment and the low tax base (has resulted in) inadequate state resources to fund remuneration increases.”

The commission further noted that the zero percent pay increase targeted specifically all members of the national executive and deputy ministers; members of national parliament; members of provincial executive and legislature; judges, members of local government from executive mayor to whip; and traditional leadership from full-time deputy chairperson of Provincial House of Traditional Leaders (PHTL) to king or queen.

This is what public officials will earn in 2017:

Role Total Remuneration
Deputy president R2 716 796
Ministers R2 309 262
Deputy Minister R1 901 726

Members of the National Assembly and Permanent Delegates to the National Council of Provinces

Role Total Remuneration
Speaker of the National Assembly
Chairperson of the NCOP
R2 716 798
Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly
Deputy Chairperson of the NCOP
R1 901 726
House Chairperson R1 765 934
Chief Whip of the Majority Party
Chief Whip of the NCOP
Parliamentary Council President
Parliamentary Council Deputy President
Leader of the Opposition
R1 494 192
Chairperson of a Committee R1 358 399
Deputy Chief Whip of the Majority Party
Chief Whip of the largest Minority Party
Leader of a Minority Party
R1 222 606
Whip R1 134 517
Member of the National Assembly
Permanent Delegate of the NCOP
R1 033 438

Premiers, Members of the Executive Council and Members of the Provincial Legislatures (adjusted by 4.4%)

Role  Total Remuneration
Premier R2 173 470
Member of Executive Council
R1 901 726
Deputy Speaker R1 494 192
Chief Whip of the Majority Party R1 358 399
Chairperson of Committees
Leader of the Opposition
R1 222 608
Deputy Chairperson of Committees
Deputy Chief Whip of the Majority Party
Chief Whip of the largest Minority Party
Leader of a Minority Party
R1 150 258
Parliamentary Councillor to a King / Queen
R1 033 438
Member of Provincial Legislature R1 000 210

Meanwhile, the SA economy is expected to bounce back to its feet this year as commodity prices rise and a historic drought eases, according to the consensus forecast in a Reuters poll, but it is still short of the necessary investor confidence to grow faster.

Polls taken by Jeffrey Schultz, economist at BNP Paribas last year, predicted the economy for Africa’s most developed nation would expand 1.1 percent this year from 0.4 percent last year, though the trends in gross domestic fixed investment remain concerning.

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The polls however, mentioned that lack of policy coherence and an increasingly uncertain political environment has continued to weigh on both the willingness and ability of domestic corporates to invest meaningfully in the economy.