MRTT CEO earns more than Premier Mabuza

Anthony Benadie MPL

Mpumalanga Provincial Leader and Spokesperson on Education

The CEO of the Mpumalanga Regional Training Trust (MRTT – a parastatal of the Department of Education), Mr ND Moropane earned a whopping R2 616 746 salary in the 2013/2014 Financial year, R634 015 more than Premier DD Mabuza, whose current salary is R1 982 731, according to the entities 2013/2014 Annual Report.

The entity, whose annual report is currently serving before the Provincial Legislature’s Education Portfolio committee, is mandated to ‘develop the human resource base of the Mpumalanga Province through the provision of experiential, practical, technical, hospitality, tourism, entrepreneurship and life skills training. The main focus is to empower learners, primarily the disadvantaged communities, industry workers and government employees, to participate in the broader economic sphere of the province.’

Ironically, in the CEO’s overview report contained in the 2013/2014 Annual report he states that ‘limited funding’ remains a major challenge; hence many positions had to be removed from the structure. This funding challenge comes as no surprise, when one considers the exorbitant salaries being paid to Senior Managers working for the MRTT:

Senior Management salaries 2011/2012 2012/2013 2013/2014
CEO – ND Moropane 2 219 287 R 2 483 048 R 2 616 746
Gen Manager Training Op – MS Makgoba 777 102 R 914 885 R 1 028 859
CFO – MG Jafta 744 917 R 910 436 R 987 185
Gen Manager H & T academy – LY Moroe 567 964 R 707 419
Gen Manager H & T academy – R Oosthuysen R 333 833 R 800 798
4 309 270 R 5 349 621 R 5 433 588

In addition, it would appear that it’s not only senior managers, but also board members who are milking the entity for all its worth. The MRTT board has increased their non-executive board fees in the past three financial years by a whopping 57.31%, with the biggest increase being this last financial year where practically every board member’s fee was doubled.

It goes beyond any comprehension how anyone can be paid a salary exceeding R600 000 for merely being the chairperson of a parastatal board, especially considering these are for the most part-time positions. The annual report reflects board member’s salaries as follows:

Non-executive members fees 2011/2012 2012/2013 2013/2014
Mrs FD Mthembu – Chairperson 235 997 R 394 271 R 619 467
Mrs ME Letsoalo 226 871 R 227 546 R 356 616
Mrs SN Motloung (resigned October 2013) 127 059 R 91 967 R 53 985
Mr MJ Sibiya 27 719 R 70 503 R 416 881
617 646 R 784 287 R 1 446 949

It is clear that training is not the top priority of this entity as the same report indicates that a mere 3194 out of school youths were trained last year, a measly 90 more students than trained three years ago. The need to train ‘out of school youths’ is ever increasing as young people are desperate to obtain skills and practical experience so as to make themselves more employable in the job market.

Considering the above, the DA will question the MEC for Education on the escalation of senior manager and board member salaries, requesting her to justify these increases. We will also investigate whether or not parastatals such as the MRTT are subject to the Public Service Commission and request Premier Mabuza, through the integrity unit located in his office, to investigate whether the CEO and board acted beyond their mandate in the allocation and determination of their own salaries and benefits.

The DA will also conduct a complete analysis of the salaries and benefits of Senior Managers and Board Members for all parastatals in Mpumalanga.