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Pay hike: final approval

by Clayton Barnes
31 Jan 2007
Peoples Post
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Cape Town councillors will receive a 5.5% salary increase after the mayoral committee (mayco) approved the incriment last week.

A full sitting of council is expected to give their final approval tommorrow (31 January).

This comes after the national minister for Provincial and Local Government, Mr Sydney Mufamadi, released a government notice to determine the upper limits of salaries, allowances and benefits of different members of municipal councils on 1 December 2006.

Mufamadi said in the notice, "After consultation with the member of the executive council responsible for local government in each province; and after taking into consideration the matters listed in paragraphs (a) to (i) of section 7(1) of that Act, the upper limits of the salaries, allowances and benefits of the different members of municipal councils are determined as set out in the schedule with effect from 1 July 2006 in respect of the municipal council, and repeal government notice number R653 of 30 June 2006 with effect from the same date."

According to Mr Grant Pascoe, Mitchell's Plain sub-council chairman, the incriment will be effective from the end of February with backpay from 1 July 2006.

The government gazette states the salary and allowances of a member of a municipal council is determined by that municipality by resolution of a supporting vote of a majority of its members, in consultation with the member of the Executive Council responsible for local government in the province.

This depends on the financial year of municipal councils and the affordibility of municipalities to pay within the different levels of renumeration to councillors.

In Cape Town ward councillors' salaries will be increased from R245 973 a year to R260 106 a year, which means councillors will come home with close to R22 000 a month.

Sub-council chairs' and Mayoral Committee (mayco) members' salaries will increase from R522 798 a year to R552 850 a year, while the deputy mayor's package will increase from R556 806 to R588 813 a year. And the mayor's annual package increases from R705 532 to R746 094.

Meanwhile, Mitchell's Plain's sub-council held their first meeting for the year last week.

With boundaries for various sub-councils being redrawn, Mitchell's Plain welcomed two new councillors on board.

They are Mr Wandile Nkwele for ward 75, which includes Woodlands and Colorado Park and Ms Mkhuluwa Mpongo, a Proportional Representative councillor.

Councillors Mr Sheval Arendse and Ms Bahia Vlotman were shifted to other sub-councils.

The shift prompted a re-election of the sub-council chairmanship and Pascoe was re-elected.

He said although mistakes were made in the past, this year it was important for Mitchell's Plain's sub-council to work as a team.

"The lines of communication definitely needs to be improved," said Pascoe. "It is important for us as councillors to represent the people of our wards and their needs have to be addressed."

Councillors representing various political parties welcomed Pascoe's re-election and hoped for a "better working relationship" this year.

Councillor Dennis Williams of the Independent Democrats said, "We are a team. Teams who play together win. If this sub-council works for the people of Mitchell's Plain together we will definitely win."

Universal Party leader and City mayco member for health, Councillor Martin Fienies, said, "We glad everyone is back to work and we welcome the new councillors onboard."

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