On Thursday, President Ramaphosa announced that he, his Cabinet, deputy ministers and premiers would take a salary cut of one-third for the next 3 months. The savings would be donated to the Solidarity fund.
President Cyril Ramaphosa, his cabinet, deputy ministers and provincial premiers will take a 33% pay cut over the next three months.
The President challenged public office bearers and executives of large companies to take pay cuts too and contribute to the Solidarity Fund.
The Solidarity Fund will go towards mobilising resources to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Ramaphosa informed the nation that the fund has so far raised around R2.2 billion, half of which has already been allocated to purchase gloves, face shields, surgical masks, test kits and ventilators.
“We are only at the beginning of a monumental struggle that demands our every resource and our every effort. We cannot relax. We cannot be complacent.” he stated.
Soon after the President’s address, the City of Ekurhuleni’s Executive Mayor, Mzwandile Masina, announced that he will be donating 33% of his salary for the next 3 months. Other senior officials in the City of Ekurhuleni would be donating between 15 and 33% of their salaries to the Solidarity fund, also for the next 3 months.