SOUTH AFRICA RAISES PAY OF CABINET MINISTERS, MPS

PRETORIA, The Presidency has announced a 4.0 per cent salary adjustment for members of the National Executive and Deputy Ministers for 2017/18, following recommendations made by the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers.

In outlining the salary adjustments for public office bearers here Thursday, the Presidency said the 4.0 per cent adjustment also applied to Members of Parliament, including the Speakers of both Chambers of Parliament, Members of the Provincial Executive and the Speakers of the Provincial Legislatures and all judges.

Salaries and allowances of different categories of public office-bearers are determined by the President after taking into account, amongst others, the recommendations of the Commission, said the Presidency on Thursday.

On Monday, the Commission -- which is mandated to make annual recommendations concerning salaries and/or the upper limits of the salaries, allowances, benefits, and the resources required by some public office-bearers to enable them to perform their respective duties effectively -- published its annual remuneration recommendations. It recommended that they be increased.

After considering, amongst others, the recommendations of the Commission and the performance of the economy, President Jacob Zuma has accepted the Commission's recommendations for all categories of public office bearers, except for magistrates. The Magistrates Act, 1993, requires salaries of the magistrates to be approved by Parliament, the Presidency said.

President Zuma has requested Parliament to approve that salaries of magistrates be adjusted by 5.5 per cent.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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