Salary cut proposed for municipal staff, councillors

‘Flawed’ operational budget

10 November 2021 | Government

Ronald Bramwell; Councillor; “…recommendation by the minister of finance was that our employees’ remuneration was too high…"

Walvis Bay • [email protected]


A motion tabled by councillor Ronald Bramwell of the Joint Walvis Bay Residents Association, suggested that councillors and municipal staff take a 20% salary cut.

Although the motion was unopposed, it still needs to be discussed at management committee level and also requires the input of other stakeholders from the municipality. Bramwell said that the residents and commercial sectors of Walvis Bay are going through a continued period of financial constraints, with all sectors facing difficulties to make ends meet. According to him, residents of Walvis Bay, Kuisebmond, Narraville, Langstrand and Eco village can no longer afford the municipality.

Bramwell pointed out that council as well as the administration, presented a flawed version of the operational budget to the minister of finance in March 2021. “We received the approval of our flawed operational budget in August 2021, but it came with 15 recommendations. In the council’s collective limited knowledge on financial matters, we believed that the administration had done their homework and that the document which was sent to the minister was something that would just be reviewed and then approved.” He said that council along with the administration are responsible for the money which is paid to the municipality by residents for services, the supply of fresh water, sewerage, road maintenance, upkeep of parks and gardens, and any other services which the municipality renders to residents. “The municipality is failing residents miserably when it comes to providing quality service at an affordable price. The first and foremost recommendation by the minister was that our employee’s remuneration was too high and should be brought back in line to make out a maximum of 42% of the total operational costs. In the commercial world this 42% is already a figure that is frowned upon as being out of line and too costly.”

Bramwell said the total municipal operational budget is N$600 268 567, of which N$304 587 150 is for employee related costs. This is equal to 50.74%. “It’s no wonder that the minister has problems with our budget. Employee related costs are 8% more than even the maximum amount of what it should be. This means that for every N$1 residents pay for services and rates and taxes, 50 cents goes towards paying employee wages. A large contribution also goes towards the pension or retirement fund, which is slowly bleeding the municipality’s reserves dry.” He labelled this a sorry state of affairs and one that will have to be rectified. Bramwell added that there are many residents who have lost their jobs while many businesses had to close their doors due to the Covid pandemic. “For the past two years, Walvis Bay residents have had to tighten their belts. A great number of our poorer people in the community are living on handouts. Through all this time, municipal employees have been receiving full remuneration and all the benefits, while residents struggle and are living from hand to mouth.”

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