Nelson Mandela Bay municipal manager, Lindiwe Msengana-Ndlela earns over 2.3million per year – a staggering R300 000 more than President Jacob Zuma.
This has prompted the Eastern Cape local government department to take steps to regulate the upper limits paid to top administrators, the Daily Dispatch reported today. There is currently no regulation in place to control this.
“Legally, there is no ceiling at the moment. What we are doing nationally is developing and finalising regulations in this regard,” the paper quoted the department’s Stanley Khanyile telling a portfolio committee meeting in the Bhisho legislature this week.
This is not the first time salaries of municipal managers have made the news. In 2011, Finance minister Pravin Gordan revealed city managers are among the top earners in the public service. Johannesburg municipal manager, Mavela Dlamini, was said to earn R2.3 million a year while Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe both earned R2.2 million at the time.
Pravin also revealed then eThekwini’s manager, Mike Sutcliffe, earned R2,1-million while Ekurhuleni manager Khaya Ngema got R1,8-million. His counterpart in Cape Town, Achmat Ebrahim earned R1,7-million.
Municipal managers are responsible for the administrative side of running a city. They are also the accounting officers of the municipality and maintain the budget.