How much South Africa’s top government officials get paid

The South African government’s wage bill has reached worryingly-high levels – so much so that the state had to dig into its savings to pay for recent above-inflation public wage increases.

According to a report by Bloomberg, a freeze has now been placed on the hiring of state workers – following the pay hikes for civil servants.

This salary increases will add R63.8 billion to the government’s compensation budget over the next three years, stated the report.

“Departments that had planned to expand headcount or fill vacancies need to postpone their plans. Some institutions may need to reduce the number of people they employ,” said the Treasury in the report.

With the government battling to keep the public wage bill down, we decided to take a look at how much South Africa’s top state employees earn in a year.

Position in SA Government Annual Salary
President – Jacob Zuma R2.75 million
Deputy President – Cyril Ramaphosa R2.6 million
Speaker of National Parliament R2.6 million
Ministers – 35 R2.21 million
Deputy Ministers – 37 R1.82 million 
Total at top level R152.64 million
Minister numbers as per 2014 cabinet naming.

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