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Check Out the New Official Salaries of Traditional Leaders in South Africa


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Government has published the official salaries it pays to kings, queens and other traditional leaders in South Africa for the 2018 financial year.

After a pay freeze in 2017, the majority of traditional leaders will see their salaries increase between 4.5% and 8%. This is in line with the increases given to ministers, MPs and other senior members of government gazetted late last year.

As of 2010, South Africa recognizes seven royal families in the country, after a recommendation by a traditional leadership commission that South Africa lose six of its kings and queens.

Of the 13 recognized traditional kingdoms recognized previously, only seven will remain once the current incumbent rulers of the identified kingdoms have passed away.

Traditional kings and senior leaders are symbolic figureheads in the country with little political power. However, these rulers play an important role in local disputes as well as in playing advisory roles to government – as well as in the lives of the traditional rural populations.

All these traditional leaders are paid by the South African government.

Note: NHTL = National House of Traditional Leaders | PHTL = Provincial House of Traditional Leaders

Position Previous salary (Rands) New salary (Rands) Percentage Increase
King/Queen 1 126 057 1 176 730 4.5%
Chairperson: NHTL 817 842 858 734  5.0%
Full Time Chairperson: PHTL 673 603 707 284  5.0%
Deputy Chairperson: NHTL 625 524 656 800  5.0%
Full Time Deputy Chairperson: PHTL 577 281 606 145  5.0%
Full Time Member: NHTL 356 923  378 339  6.0%
Full Time Member: PHTL 305 959  324 317  6.0%
Senior Traditional Leader 228 650  246 942   8.0%
Headmen/Headwomen 96 460  106 106  8.0%

Written by How South Africa

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