The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has set down the daily subsistence allowance for meals and incidental expenses for local and international business travel.

The allowances were determined in terms of the Income Tax Act.

Subsistence allowances are paid to employees over and above their normal salaries.

In terms of local travel, incidental costs will be capped at R134 per day while the costs of meals and incidental costs are pegged at R435 per day.

The notice also contains a list of international destinations with the daily amount allowed for each location.

The relevant currency for each location is also provided. For example, the allowance per day for travel to the United Kingdom is set at 102 British pounds while the daily allowance for Angola stands at 303 United States dollars. Any allowance that falls under this mark will not be taxed.

The new rates, published in Government Gazette 42258, came into effect on 1 March 2019.



  • Gift Buthelezi
  • Mary Papayya 
  • Itani Tseisi
  • Rowan Nicholls
  • Mfanozwele Shozi
  • Nokuzola Ehrens
  • Mmabatho Ramagoshi
  • William Malema Ramoshaba
  • Maria Socikwa
  • Lulama Mokhobo (former CEO)
  • Motshedi Lekalakala
  • Nkosana Mbokana
  • Mathews Mofokeng
  • Mamodupi Mohlala-Molaudzi
  • Jasmina Patel
  • Bernedette Muthien
  • Nakedi Ribane
  • Siphile Buthelezi
  • Sathasivan Cooper
  • David Maimela
  • Lufuno Nevondwe
  • Sembie Danana
  • Chief Livhuwani Matsila
  • Mpiyakhe Mkholo


On 31 December 2018 the GCEO, Mr Madoda Mxakwe dismissed former acting Head of Legal, Ms Nompumelelo Phasa without a hearing – similar to what happened to the SABC 8.

Phasa brought an urgent application in the Labour Court to set aside her unlawful dismissal.

Today the Labour Court ruled in her favour and reinstated her.

The SABC, who employed three (3) advocates were ordered to pay the cost of the application.

This is a classic example of fruitless and wasteful expenditure and we expect the decision makers to be held accountable for this, both financially and otherwise.

This will also be reported to SCOPA and the PCC.


R185m SABC security tender was ‘irregular’ – SIU report

A preliminary Special Investigating Unit probe has found that a R185m SABC security tender was irregularly awarded by its interim board and should be set aside.

The SIU says these initial investigations reveal that the “SABC flouted its own procurement policies” in awarding the tender to second-ranked bidder Mafoko Security, which was reportedly R2m more expensive than the highest ranked bidder Mjayeli Security. The tender was for the provision of security services to the SABC over a five-year period.

See full story here



One of the reasons cited for the need to retrench at the SABC is the alleged imbalance between ordinary workers and management.

The SABC is using the Peromnes grading (job evaluation) system, solely owned by Deloitte Consulting. Other grading systems include JE Manager, Hay and Paterson.


The Peromnes method is a points scoring method of evaluating jobs. The method examines each job in terms of eight factors. These factors are the different aspects of the job worth. The factors are examined to cover the job’s total content and requirements. Each of the factors will be represented to some degree in all jobs, although to a minimal degree in the case of the most unskilled work. The first six factors are concerned with job content. The last two factors are concerned with job requirements, that is, the basic expectations of an incumbent who will be able to perform the job competently.

The eight factors are as follows:

– Problem solving: examines the quality and complexity of decision-making processes that are demanded in jobs;

– Consequences of error of judgement: probes the effects of adverse decisions on the activities, well-being and prestige of the organisation (or any of its parts), taking into account the controls and checks that may exist to prevent such errors or their recurrence;

– Pressure of work: scrutinises the level of stress inherent in a job;

– Knowledge: measures the level of knowledge required, in operational (not formal qualifications) terms, to perform the job competently;

– Job impact: rates the extent of influence that the job has on other activities, within and outside the organisation.

When rating this factor, points are scored for both internal and external impact. The average of the two is the score that will be used;

– Comprehension: evaluates the requirement of the job in undertaking written and spoken communications;

– Educational qualifications or intelligence level required in the post: measures the essential requirements that are considered, not merely desirable ones; and

– Subsequent training/experience: examines the period necessary to achieve competence in the job by the shortest possible reasonable route of advancement.

All eight factors denote inherent aspects or requirements of jobs. The peripheral matters such as physical working conditions, or supply and demand considerations are not included because they are considered to be very inconsistent. They may vary from place to place and from time to time.

Typical Ratios

A management to staff ratio is calculated by dividing the number of managers in a company or department by the number of employees working in it. Typical staffing ratios range from 4-to-1 for direct reports to a senior manager, to 20-to-1 in an administrative area. For most areas, approximately 10 workers per manager is common.

Span of control is a big determinant, even within the same department. If employees have been in their jobs a long time, the work is easily understood or there is little variation in the type of work, a larger span of control is possible.

The Case for Larger Ratios

Larger ratios are best when managers are experienced and comfortable in their position. They need to be clear in their directions, to reduce one-on-one time with so many employees, and good at cutting through roadblocks. Managers with larger spans need to be speedy decision makers. Or, they need to be willing to delegate authority and not second-guess or override employee decisions.

The Case for Smaller Ratios

Smaller ratios allow more coaching, direction and mentoring. They support new managers, who need to have a small team so they can grow into their role. Getting rid of middle managers also frustrates staff who may then feel there is no room for advancement. Smaller ratios can enhance effectiveness by ensuring that managers aren’t pulled too many ways. Focused managers with small teams often enjoy more time for communicating with their staff, which can help with employee engagement and retention. Communication is critical in matrixed organizations where more time is required to adequately align efforts between departments.

The average HR-to-employee ratio ideally must be 2.57. As staff size increases, however, the HR-to-employee ratio decreases. For example, small organizations had a significantly higher HR-to employee ratio of 3.40, compared with medium and large organizations that had ratios of 1.22 and 1.03 respectively.


At the SABC scale codes 407 – 300 are defined as the bargaining unit. These are the workers. From scale code 130 to 110 are management. From time to time employees on scale code 300 are called junior management, but employees on these scale codes are generally specialists.

According to the latest figures provided by the SABC, its management workforce (scale 130 to 110) is made up as follows:

Management @SABC %

Commercial Enterprises – 9.70%
Group Services – 25.53%
MTI – 7.77%
News – 13.37%
Provincial Operations – 7.24%
Radio – 18.34%
SABC Sport – 22.22%
Television – 11.37%
Grand Total – 14.78%


85.22% of people working for the SABC are therefore not on managerial level, and not management.


Sales Operations –  3.17%
Logistical Services – 6.86%
TV Licences – 6.98%
Radio Broadcast Resources – 4.49%
News Resources – 4.35%
Eastern Cape Operations – 4.00%
Limpopo Operations – 5.26%
Sport Operations – 5.88%
SABC 2  – 7.89%
SABC 3 – 6.25%


These departments are made up mainly by professional occupations, like lawyers and Risk Specialists. To properly reward them, they are put on managerial scale codes, which will match their pay bracket, but without being a manager.

Governance Risk and Assurance –  63.16%
Legal Services – 57.89%
Market Intelligence –  57.14%
Office of the GE  – 66.67%


This scale code is mainly used to match salary brackets of specialists, like Assignment Editors who has no people reporting to them as such. They are therefore not managers in the real sense, but being appointed on this managerial scale code to match their salaries. There are 268 employees on this scale code.

If they are excluded from the calculation of management vs staff, the percentage management vs staff drops to 6.64%, which is in fact closest to the real situation at the SABC.


The SABC employs 3296 employees.

The staff to management ratio is 6 to 1, and if the scale code 130 is removed from the total of managers, the ratio increase to 15 to 1, that is 1 manager for every 15 employees. This is well within the requirements of a normal organisation.



The SABC has spent more on the ANC’s annual January 8 statement than what was spent covering the budget speech (R2 million), World Aids Day (R1.2 million), and Human Rights Day coverage with R1.3 million spent on coverage.

Full story here…



Johannesburg – Clarity has been sought to establish whether a probe into a R185 million security tender allegedly awarded to a company that was ranked second in the bidding process has forced two SABC board members to resign.

The state broadcaster has been rocked by the sudden resignations of Khanyisile Kweyama and John Matisson from the SABC’s board, placing strain on a board that was already short of four members who left during the course of the year.

Full story here.



Late last night unconfirmed reports surface on Twitter that three SABC Board members have resigned.

This is how Twitter responded.




Minimum Wage & Parental Leave

The National Minimum Wage Act sets South Africa’s first National Minimum Wage at R20 an hour, equivalent to R3,500 per month, depending on the number of hours worked, and creates a phase-in period for farm workers, forestry workers, domestic workers, welfare sector and care workers, due to their vulnerability to disemployment.

An exemption may only be granted if the employer cannot afford to pay the minimum wage and after meaningful consultation with every trade union representing affected employees or the affected employee him/herself in absence of a trade union.

The National Minimum Wage Act will come into effect on a date to be determined by the president by proclamation – with reports indicating that this could be as early as 1 January 2019.

New paternity rights

The Labour Laws Amendment Bill allows for parental leave, adoption leave and commissioning parental leave to employees as follows:

An employee, who is a parent of a child, is entitled to ten consecutive days of parental leave;

An employee, who is an adoptive parent of a child below the age of two, is entitled to:

  • Adoption leave of at least ten consecutive weeks; or
  • At least ten consecutive days of parental leave.

An employee, who is a commissioning parent in a surrogacy agreement, is entitled to:

  • Commissioning parental leave of ten consecutive weeks; or
  • At least ten consecutive days of parental leave.