R30m for bonuses is statu­tory, says Mokonyane


WA­TER and San­i­ta­tion Min­is­ter Nomvula Mokonyane has de­fended the R30 mil­lion paid out in bonuses to of­fi­cials in her depart­ment dur­ing the 2016-17 fi­nan­cial year.

Re­spond­ing to writ­ten ques­tions from the DA’s Anchen Dreyer, Mokonyane said her depart­ment had been fol­low­ing reg­u­la­tions in pay­ing out the bonuses.

She said the 1.5% of the to­tal pro­vi­sion for salaries was al­lo­cated to­wards pay­ments in re­spect of the out­comes of per­for­mance re­views.

“This reg­u­la­tion is pro­vided for by the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Ser­vice and Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“My depart­ment has com­plied with the reg­u­la­tion and a to­tal of 1 961 em­ploy­ees qual­i­fied for per­for­mance bonuses,” she said.

Two of­fi­cials at se­nior man­age­ment ser­vice lev­els pock­eted R58 092.84 and R69 069.60 in bonuses re­spec­tively and the rest shared be­tween them the bal­ance of the R30m.

The of­fi­cials are set to re­ceive other bonuses when this fi­nan­cial year ends.

“Per­for­mance re­wards for the 2017-18 fi­nan­cial year have not been fi­nalised, as the fi­nan­cial year ends in March 2018,” Mokonyane said when asked about the es­ti­mated amount to be paid out in bonuses this fi­nan­cial year.

The bonuses were paid out de­spite the depart­ment over­spend­ing its bud­get by R110m and also be­ing found to have in­curred unau­tho­rised ex­pen­di­ture to the tune of R406m in 2016-17.

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