ARROGANCE seems to be personified by Mod Ndoyana and Roland Williams when they tried to defend the ridiculous salary increases ("Roland in line for fat pay hike", August 22 and "Salary hike justified", August 23). When the metro and the rest of the economy is under such economic and financial difficulties, how can you justify an effective 50% salary increase?
I say 50% as your salary is actually supposed to reduce by 25%. If you are wishing to have an increase, then the new salary level that you will be on will be equivalent to a 50% increase over what Rio Nolutshungu advised.
When it comes to salary, any increase must be based on various simple factors:
ŭDoes the person employed have the necessary qualifications or experience? I have no idea about your qualifications, however none of you are over-qualified and in this environment, I am quite sure that more capable people could be found who would earn half of what the three of you do;
ŭIs that person doing more than enough work to justify an increase? Roland, you were suspended for a year – other than fewer costly cases against the metro for untendered for signage and funny Herald letters, nobody noticed that the work was not being done;
ŭDoes the person add value? I do not have access to your work record – however for Dumisani Mbebe to play DJ, he clearly has too much time on his hands;
ŭWould that employee earn a better salary elsewhere? The bottom line is that even Nolutshungu, one of your own public service officials, said you earned too much.
If you were in the private sector, there is no place in Port Elizabeth where any of you would receive the same salary for what you do. You may earn that in Johannesburg, however, and I would then suggest all three of you relocate to Johannesburg;
ŭIs the increase budgeted for, that is can my business afford the increase? Who cares? It's taxpayer and ratepayer money anyway, so let's laugh all the way to the bank.
If it is not budgeted for, it should not ever be approved unless it is a matter of life or death;
ŭIf I do not pay the salary, will I lose the employee? I doubt that any of you would ever leave as you have salaries and benefits that none of you would find elsewhere.
Overall, I am sickened and disgusted at Ndoyana's and Williams's arrogance towards the people of the city who in effect pay their salaries. The fact that there seems to be zero accountability from these people clearly shows they have not only not ever had the responsibility of running their own businesses, but they are clearly in their positions for one reason, themselves.
You have forgotten that your position is supposed to add value to the people of the city.
Maybe you should also explain to the people of the city about how many bucket toilets could be eradicated with the extra R250000 that each of you is earning per annum? All in all, R750000 could eradicate many bucket toilets.
I wonder how many soup kitchens or charities could be supported with R750000? How much could be paid to NMBT or to an entity that can actually market our city?
Perhaps it is time the "honourable" three should start the day with these four questions from Rotary, that I always ask myself: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Maybe then we will get what is best for the people of the city and not just for one or two politically connected persons from one specific political party. Maybe then we will get inspirational leadership and a mayor who speaks out more than once a year.
I will gladly support any legal action against these three, as well as a ratepayers' boycott.
Ed Gutsche, Port Elizabeth