CoE Mayor to contribute 33% to solidarity fund

Ekurhuleni Mayor leads the way to the Solidarity fund to help curb the virus.

City of Ekurhuleni (CoE) executive mayor Mzwandile Masina will contribute 33 per cent of his monthly salary to the country’s Solidarity Fund over the next three months. This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement on April 9 that he and other government officials will donate money from their salaries.

Masina said senior officials of CoE will also be contributing money from their salaries to the fund.

“Their contributions will be as follows: City Manager: 33 per cent contribution over the next three months; Group chief financial officer: 33 per cent over three months; Members of the mayoral committe: 25 per cent over three months; Speaker of Council: 20 per cent and Chief Whip of Council: 15 per cent contribution over the next three months,” said Masina.

“Discussions are currently underway for heads of departments to donate 25 per cent; heads of departments to donate 25 percent; divisional heads to donate 12.5 percent and officials to donate 5 per cent over a period of three months. Chairperson of committees and councillors are being consulted. The outcome of these discussions will be communicated to the public once they are concluded,” he added.

This decision comes after the president extended the lockdown with another 14 days. His cabinet and provincial premiers will also donate 33 per cent of their salaris for three months to the Solidarity Fund.

“We must all heed the call made by the president. We must live up to this national Thuma Mina moment. Every effort and gesture we can make as citizens will go far in assisting efforts to flatten the curve.

“We welcome the extra 14 days lockdown extension. Now is not the time to relax. Our struggle against this invisible enemy must be intensified. CoE will continue to work in collaboration with both the provincial and national spheres of government in combating the Covid-19 global pandemic.” said Masina.

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