UJ vice-chancellor has pledged 33% of his salary to the Covid-19 Solidarity Fund

Johannesburg– University of Johannesburg vice-chancellor Prof Tshilidzi Marwala is the latest head in the tertiary sector to pledge 33% of his salary to the Covid-19 Solidarity Fund.

On Monday, his counterpart from Rhodes University, Sizwe Mabizela announced that he would be pledging a third of his salary for three months to the fund.

This follows a call by President Cyril Ramaphosa on all public office bearers and executives of large corporations to take a cut in their salaries to support the government’s strategy on Covid-19.

Marwala said in a statement that the decision to pledge a third of his salary was “an easy decision to take as the crisis requires leadership and personal sacrifices.”

“The pandemic is, without doubt, a defining crisis of our time and the greatest challenge we have faced in a long time. South Africa, like many other countries globally, has been left with no option but to impose drastic measures such as large-scale quarantines, travel restrictions and complete lockdowns.” Marwala said.

Marwala earned R4.9m in 2018, including a merit bonus of R1.1million, according to UJ’s annual report.


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