Average Salary For Ministers In South Africa

A minister is a politician who heads a ministry, making and implementing decisions on policies in conjunction with the other ministers. In some jurisdictions, the head of government is also a minister and is designated the ‘prime minister’, ‘premier’, ‘chief minister’, ‘chancellor’ or another title.


Below are salaries earned by Ministers In South Africa

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, the 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 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 is 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.

PositionTotal Remuneration
Deputy PresidentR2.825 million
MinisterR2.402 million
Deputy MinisterR1.978 million
Speaker: National AssemblyR2.825 million
Chairperson: NCOPR2.825 million
Deputy Speaker: National AssemblyR1.977 million
Deputy Chairperson: NCOPR1.977 million
House ChairpersonR1.882 million
Chief Whip: Majority PartyR1.600 million
Chief Whip: NCOPR1.600 million
Parliamentary Counsellor: PresidentR1.600 million
Parliamentary Counsellor: Deputy PresidentR1.600 million
Leader of OppositionR1.600 million
Chairperson of a CommitteeR1.495 million
Deputy Chief Whip: Majority PartyR1.346 million
Chief Whip: Largest Minority PartyR1.346 million
Leader of a Minority PartyR1.346 million
WhipR1.250 million
Member: National AssemblyR1.138 million
Permanent Delegate: NCOPR1.138 million
PremierR2.260 million
Member of Executive CouncilR1.978  million
SpeakerR1.978  million
Deputy SpeakerR1.600 million
Chief Whip: Majority PartyR1.496 million
Chairperson of CommitteesR1.346 million
Leader of OppositionR1.346 million
Chairperson of a committeeR1.346 million
Deputy Chairperson of CommitteesR1.267 million
Deputy Chief Whip: Majority PartyR1.267 million
Chief Whip: Largest Minority PartyR1.267 million
Leader of a Minority PartyR1.267 million
Parliamentary Counsellor to a King/QueenR1.138 million
WhipR1.138 million
Member of Provincial LegislatureR1.101 million

What is the salary of a minister In South Africa?

Salaries and Daily Allowances: A member shall be entitled to receive a salary at the rate of fifty thousand rupees per mensem (w.e.f. 18.5. 2009) during the whole of his term of office and subject to any rules made under this Act and allowances at the rate of two thousand rupees (w.e.f. 1.10.

How much is the salary of the South African President?

President of South Africa

First holderNelson Mandela
DeputyDeputy President
SalaryR 3,900,000 annually

Do ministers pay income tax In South Africa?

Regardless of whether you’re a minister performing ministerial services as an employee or a self-employed person, all of your earnings, including wages, offerings, and fees you receive for performing marriages, baptisms, funerals, etc., are subject to income tax.

Are ministers self-employed In South Africa?

Ministers are self-employed for Social Security tax purposes with respect to their ministerial services, even though most are treated as employees for federal income tax purposes. Self-employment tax is assessed on taxable compensation and nontaxable housing allowance/parsonage.

What are the benefits of being an ordained minister In South Africa?

Perks of being ordained

Guilt trip.

Perform weddings.

You can buy a clergy parking pass that allows you rockstar parking.

You’re in good company.

It’s free.

Counsel couples who are about to get married.

Chaplain work.

You have access to buying some sweet ministry supplies.

Are ministers employees In South Africa?

Ministers are not deemed employees, however, if their remuneration (other than by payment in kind) does not consist wholly or mainly of salary or stipend.