The municipal manager is appointed by the council. He is the link between the council and the administration, of which he is the head. He has to account for the municipality’s income and expenditure, assets, and other obligations such as proper adherence to all legislation applicable to municipalities.
Below are salaries earned by Municipal Manager In South Africa
The average municipal manager salary in South Africa is R 1 020 006 per year or R 523 per hour. Entry-level positions start at R 444 000 per year, while most experienced workers make up to R 4 519 152 per year.
The highest-earning municipal manager in the country will take home an annual salary higher than that of President Cyril Ramaphosa.
This is in accordance with the decision by Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize to increase municipal managers’ salaries, which has been slammed by unions representing municipal workers.
Mkhize announced this week that municipal managers and those directly reporting to them will receive pay hikes of up to R200 000. The highest-paid officials will possibly earn up to more than R3.9 million a year.
Ramaphosa’s salary is just above R3.6m annually, while Mkhize and other ministers take home R2.4m a year.
Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu) president Stanley Khoza told the Weekend Argus that workers’ salaries were increased by small percentages compared to those of their bosses.
He said municipal managers were remunerated as if they worked alone in municipalities.
Amateur members and local government workers, in general, were unhappy with this, Khoza said.
In August, municipal workers received a 7% salary increase, which saw them take home a minimum wage of R7324.24 a month.
Mkhize, however, said he had consulted with his finance as well as public service and administration counterparts, Tito Mboweni and Ayanda Dlodlo respectively, MECs responsible for local government, as well as relevant unions.
He explained that the municipal managers’ salary increases were aimed at ensuring an appropriate remuneration mix. They also sought to ensure that the remuneration of senior managers was cost-effective, consistent, equitable, competitive, and performance-related.
The SA Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) was greatly disappointed by Mkhize’s determination and condemned the increases, maintaining that inflated salaries of municipal managers should be redirected towards service delivery and remunerating workers better.
“These increases happen when municipal workers are heavily underpaid. When they demand a fairer salary increment, they are told that their demands are simply unaffordable, whereas those sitting in air-conditioned offices are swimming in pools of money,” Samwu said.
The increases, according to the union, come at a time when municipalities are intensifying their strategy of delivering services through the use of the Extended Public Works Programme volunteers whose salaries were recently increased to “a mere R4.31 per day”.
How much is a municipality manager’s salary in South Africa?
The national average pay for a municipal manager was R650 000, but some earn up to R1. 2 million.
Who is the municipal manager in South Africa?
The Municipal Manager as head of the administration is responsible and accountable for tasks and functions as provided for in, but not limited to the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, No.
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How many municipal managers are there in South Africa?
Only 53% of all senior managers at South Africa’s municipalities have achieved minimum competency levels. Out of the country’s 248 municipal chief financial officers, only 128 have achieved minimum competency levels.
What are the duties of a municipal manager in South Africa?
The municipal manager is responsible for the provision of services to the local community in a sustainable and equitable manner and must develop and maintain a system to assess the satisfaction of the community with the municipal services (s 55(1)(d) and (o)).
Why are municipal councils important in South Africa?
The municipal council is the highest governing body of a municipality. Members of the council make all the major decisions affecting the municipality. This includes decisions on education, the construction of new buildings, or tax levels. Municipal councils are elected every 4 years by the residents of the municipality.