PARLIAMENT - Politicians and senior executives at state-owned enterprises can forget about pay increases this year, as Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced measures to curb the government wage bill.
"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," he said while tabling South Africa's national budget on Wednesday.
The announcement came after Mboweni told MPs government would be offering voluntary early pensions without penalties for workers between 55 and 59 years of age.
Mboweni said national and provincial employee compensation budgets would be cut by R27 billion over the next three financial years.
"The public wage bill is unsustainable. We must shift expenditure to investment," he said.