Wednesday, 15 April 2020 05:41

Vice-Chancellor pledges 33% of salary to COVID-19 relief fund

In the midst of a national lockdown and a global pandemic, President Cyril Ramaphosa recently called on other public office bearers and executives of large companies to follow the example of his cabinet ministers, who will be taking a one-third cut in their salaries in support of the COVID-19 support strategy.

This portion of their salaries will be donated to the Solidarity Fund.In the midst of a national lockdown and a global pandemic, President Cyril Ramaphosa recently called on other public office bearers and executives of large companies to follow the example of his cabinet ministers, who will be taking a one-third cut in their salaries in support of the COVID-19 support strategy. This portion of their salaries will be donated to the Solidarity Fund.

In response to this clarion call by the President, the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Johannesburg (UJ), Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, has pledged 33% of his salary to the COVID-19 relief fund. 

Prof Marwala said it was an easy decision to take as the crisis requires leadership and personal sacrifices. "The pandemic is, without doubt, a defining global 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. In a country fraught with inequality and poverty, with an almost 30% unemployment rate, the stakes are considerably higher," he said.

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