Presidency in South Africa has said Members of cabinet in South Africa will not have annual salary increases.
A statement published over the weekend said President Cyril Ramaphosa had taken the decision in the light of economic hardships the country was facing.
“President Ramaphosa has determined that there will be no annual salary increase for the Deputy President, Ministers, Deputy Ministers, the Speaker of the National Assembly, the Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and the Deputy Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces,” the statement read.
The move is against a government commission’s recommendation that all public office bearers be given a 4% increase. In provincial executives, Premiers, Members of Executive Councils and Speakers will also not receive a salary increase.
Salaries and allowances of Constitutional Court judges and judges of other courts will be increased by 2.5% with effect of 1 April 2018.
With regard to Members of Parliament, a 2.5% increase will apply to categories ranging from House Chairperson, Chief Whip: Majority Party, Leader of the Opposition and Whips, to Members of the National Assembly and permanent delegates to the National Council of Provinces.
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Members of provincial legislatures will, however, receive a 2.5% salary increase.
Magistrates will benefit from a 4% salary adjustment, as will office bearers in of both national and provincial houses of traditional leaders.
Kings and Queens will be eligible for a 2.5% increase.
Senior traditional leaders and headmen and women will receive a 4% salary increase.
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Nigeria: Residents Cry For Help After Ilorin Flood
Residents of Olunlade Area in Ilorin, Kwara state, complained bitterly about the havoc wrecked by flood on their property as buildings, cars and shops were troubled by heavy downpour.
According to reports, the area experienced a heavy downpour around 4pm on Wednesday which lasted for about three hours.
One of the victims, Mr Femi Olaoye, whose house was taken over by flood, said he was helpless as the water entered his siting room and kitchen.
“I was bitter and sad as there is nothing I could do to stop the flood from entering my house. It was only me and my two children at home. I wept bitterly to witness such terrible occurrence.
“All my electronics were damaged beyond repair. Even the bedroom has turned to swimming pool. I am confused,”
Another resident, Mr Yusuf Taiwo said the flood came as a nightmare to him as his furniture, bookshelf and electronics were destroyed by the flood.
“Even some vital documents that I placed on the floor in my room have been destroyed by the flood.
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