MPs to undergo pay freeze

PARLIAMENT - A salary freeze will be implemented for Members of Parliament and the executive, according to Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's medium-term budget speech.

The minister stated in his pronouncement, the public wage bill is unsustainable and the first step to reducing the bill would be to encourage retirements for older public servants.

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Public entities are also encouraged to freeze salary increases for senior employees. The contingency reserve is reduced in the outer two years.

Mboweni estimated early retirements would save an estimated R4.8-billion in 2019/20, R7.5-billion in 2020/21, and R8-billion in 2021/22.

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Early retirement is to be actively encouraged for 30,000 government employees.

"As a gesture of goodwill, Members of Parliament and provincial legislatures and executives at public entities will not be receiving a salary increase this financial year," the minister exhorted.