President Cyril Ramaphosa has gazetted the approved salaries of top government officials for the 2021 financial year, which includes remuneration for ministers, premiers, and members of parliament.
The Presidency has aligned these with recommendations made by the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers earlier this year, which recommended that there be no increase to the remuneration packages of all public office bearers.
This was based on consultations with the finance and justice ministers, Lower Courts Remuneration Committee, and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.
This means that the government officials will be paid the same salaries that they were last year.
According to the gazette, the Deputy President, Speaker in the National Assembly, and Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces are each entitled to a package of R2,825,470 for the year.
Each minister will receive total remuneration of R2,401,633, while deputy ministers will receive a package of R1,977,75.
The president’s own salary must be approved by parliament.
At a provincial level, premiers will receive R2,260,409 this year, while executive council members will be paid R1,977,785.
At the lowest level, permanent delegates of the National Council of Provinces will receive a package of R1,137,993.
The remuneration packages comprise of the following:
- A basic salary equal to 60% of the total package, which constitutes the pensionable salary;
- An amount of R120,000 per annum, which is an amount to which section 8(1)(d) of the Income Tax Act, 1962, applies. This amount is included in the basic salary component;
- An employers pension benefit contribution equal to 22.5% of pensionable salary; and
- A flexible portion for the remaining amount of the total remuneration.
The table below shows the total packages for members of parliament, and the national and provincial executives.
Government Remuneration Packages – April 2021 to March 2022
|Deputy President||R2.825 million|
|Deputy Minister||R1.978 million|
|Speaker: National Assembly||R2.825 million|
|Chairperson: NCOP||R2.825 million|
|Deputy Speaker: National Assembly||R1.977 million|
|Deputy Chairperson: NCOP||R1.977 million|
|House Chairperson||R1.882 million|
|Chief Whip: Majority Party||R1.600 million|
|Chief Whip: NCOP||R1.600 million|
|Parliamentary Counsellor: President||R1.600 million|
|Parliamentary Counsellor: Deputy President||R1.600 million|
|Leader of Opposition||R1.600 million|
|Chairperson of a Committee||R1.495 million|
|Deputy Chief Whip: Majority Party||R1.346 million|
|Chief Whip: Largest Minority Party||R1.346 million|
|Leader of a Minority Party||R1.346 million|
|Member: National Assembly||R1.138 million|
|Permanent Delegate: NCOP||R1.138 million|
|Member of Executive Council||R1.978 million|
|Deputy Speaker||R1.600 million|
|Chief Whip: Majority Party||R1.496 million|
|Chairperson of Committees||R1.346 million|
|Leader of Opposition||R1.346 million|
|Chairperson of a committee||R1.346 million|
|Deputy Chairperson of Committees||R1.267 million|
|Deputy Chief Whip: Majority Party||R1.267 million|
|Chief Whip: Largest Minority Party||R1.267 million|
|Leader of a Minority Party||R1.267 million|
|Parliamentary Counsellor to a King/Queen||R1.138 million|
|Member of Provincial Legislature||R1.101 million|