The goal of this blog is not to condemn professionals being rewarded for their skills (we all want that) but if any are involved in hampering honest government then they do not deserve to be rewarded.
Furthermore, the matter deserves public debate when you consider that:
- Knysna is hampered by cruel unemployment with official statistics at 25% for all and Coloureds, the largest population demographic, at almost 50% (and the government is notorious for underestimations).
- The middle class is notably shrinking which seems proportional to the rapid vanishing of small business owners.
- The Knysna Ratepayer’s Association hasn’t operated for 2 years, the Knysna Chamber of Business has closed down and the Ward Committee for my area (Ward 10) refuses to receive complaints with gravity i.e. there’s no watchdog.
- Salaries are top-heavy. Why has upper management continued to receive massive increases whilst, inversely, Knysna, as a whole, earns less (salaries between R2500-4000 are so common amongst the general public so as to be the norm)?
- Why have successive local governments, both DA and ANC, not installed a successful policy ensuring the cultivation of locals and their subsequent hire so as to lessen the inevitable transition of salary capital out of town i.e. staff hired from out of town will undoubtedly have financial obligations elsewhere?
- A minority of ratepayers are paying for the running of Knysna yet the Knysna Municipality thanks them by increasing their burden.
- The Knysna Municipality wrote off R30 million in debt in December.
- Knysna is a town living on credit! And the people earning the most are in charge of it.
Herewith were the salaries of Knysna’s municipal managers/directors. The first figure is 2011/2012 whilst the second is a comparison with 2010/2011:
Acting Municipal Manager/Director Planning & Development
Total: R1 203 637 / 1 016 738
(she is now Municipal Manager and Mike Maughan-Brown
has taken over as Director Planning & Development)
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Director Financial Services
Total: R1 311 503 / 1 162 090
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Remuneration of the Director Corporate Services
Total: R1 084 571 / 991 731
(has been replaced by Bevan Bellman)
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Remuneration of the Director Community Services
Total: R954 941 / 872 538
(he has been replaced by Dawie Adonis)
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Remuneration of the Director Technical Services
Total: R805 111 / 1 362 652
(the 2011/2012 figure is lower as he received a staggering R187 000
to relocate to Knysna. Additionally, he, or his predecessor,
got a R268 000 performance bonus)
In blogs later this week, I will discuss the payout (or is that pay-off) that the Knysna Municipality, particularly DA Mayor Georlene Wolmarans and MM Lauren Waring, would not discuss with us – what did Johnny Douglas, the previous Municipal Manager, receive. I also tell you what our politicians are earning.
It’s ironic that the Knysna Municipality’s slogan is, “The town that works for all.” It seems to be working more for them.
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