S.Africa: The Gravy Train in High Gear: Reverse Racism, Mega-Salaries
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[As it is, Mbeki is getting much more money than any White President ever
did - and they did a far better job of managing this country. But look at
this unbelievable extravagance in Cape Town - since the ANC took control.
Don't think these salaries tell the whole story. A friend of mine, who
has connections in the ANC once told me that it was common for normal
officials to have cell phones, where they ran up bills of thousands of
Rands per month. I am sure they get money out of the system in 1001 ways
- claiming all manner of real and imaginery expenses.
If we knew what they really earned and stole out of the system, we would
probably faint from sheer shock. Yet, the country is slowly being run
into the ground. I take heart at the thought that slowly, they are
digging their own graves and inviting reconquest one day. Let them abuse
the system, because through their own actions they are digging their own
Trade unions say they are poised to "go to war" with Cape Town mayor
Nomaindia Mfeketo over shocking "gravy train" salary increases for her
Her "All Black" team of executive directors are earning packages of
between R900,000 and R1,3-million a year.
The nine-member executive director group, known officially as the Ikhwezi
(morning star) team but dubbed unofficially the "All Blacks" by purged
staff, sees seven of the posts being filled by Nguni-speaking black
This move has been called "reverse racism" by Mfeketo's own African
National Congress caucus.
'How do people justify earning more than President Thabo Mbeki?'
Another question being asked by Mfeketo's ANC "comrades" is just how much
city manager Wallace Mgoqi is taking home in the revised salary
He declined to comment on the new salary structures, or to divulge his
salary, but it is thought to be on a par with that of President Thabo
Mbeki, who earned R960 000 last year, excluding perks.
However, the new top management appointments come at a time of brewing
controversy over the city's jobs-restructuring Validation and Review
This team of consultants was appointed at private sector rates of between
R1 500 to R2 500 an hour on a full-time basis for at least six months - a
minimum of R1,4-million.
Anger over the City of Cape Town's staff restructuring process is also
reaching boiling point over the sidelining of loyal staff.
Senior staff members allege they are being "treated like dogs", after
being told casually, sometimes by email, rumour and innuendo, that they
must vacate their offices to accommodate the city's new top team.
Cosatu provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich described the new city
salaries as "scandalous" and vowed that the unions would go to war with
"How do people justify earning more than President Thabo Mbeki?" he fumed
"We welcome the transformation of the staff and hopefully of the focus of
"However, we are extremely concerned that, if anything, we are increasing
the apartheid wage gap - the gap between management and the general
categories of employees who are the people who actually do the work in
He said the "huge salaries" appeared to be just part of "the broader
process of enrichment and building a black elite at the cost of black
working class families".
He said if self-enrichment was the city management team's main priority,
then "we are really concerned about where we are going in the city and
The director of revenue's package increases from R500,000 a year to
The director of external relations will earn R688,000 a year, up from
The director of marketing and communication goes from R493,000 a year to
The director of governance support gets R688,000 a year, up from
The director of city police services will go from R550,000 a year to
The director of human settlement will earn R760,000 a year, up from
The director of tourism and development goes from R411,000 a year to
The director of innovation, information and knowledge management is up
from R327,478 a year to R549,000.
This article was originally published on page 1 of Cape Argus on May 03,
Source: Independent Online (IOL)