NamRa packages competitive, consultant says

24 August 2021 | Government

OGONE TLHAGE

WINDHOEK

Rudi Koekemoer, the consultant who worked on the Namibia Revenue Agency’s (NamRA) remuneration structure, says it is competitive and in line with what Tier 3 public entities ought to pay.

Namibian Sun recently revealed the proposed packages for NamRA’s top-brass, figures which Koekemoer says did not take into account non-cash benefits its managers will get.

“You need to understand the context that NamRa scales are based on Total Cost of Employment (TCTC) which includes basic salary, all cash and non-cash benefits, including company contribution to medical aid, pension, inter alia,” said Koekemoer.

According to Koekemoer, consideration needs to be paid to the entire packages managers would earn.

“Normally the public service has an add-on remuneration structure and hence employees only look at the basic salary, but do not realise the additional employment costs of government picking up 95% of the medical aid costs, pension and a host of additional allowances like car allowances and housing allowances.

“NamRA employees would receive a TCTC package which includes all these aspects and that is how it is reflected on the scales,” said Koekemoer.

'Nothing sinister'

Koekemoer said there was also wide-ranging consultation over the proposed salary scales, adding that there was nothing sinister about the proposed packages.

“Subsequently, NamRa was classified as a Tier 3 Public Enterprise after which I, in consultation with all relevant and appropriate stakeholders, reviewed the scales several times to ensure alignment to the relevant directives,” said Koekemoer.

A report prepared by Visions Consulting and submitted to Cabinet contained the proposed salaries in all NamRA pay grades, with the commissioner pegged at N$225 000 a month – or N$2.7 million a year.

The structure made provision for 13 executives who would each earn up to N$170 000 a month – or N$2.05 million a year - according to the report.

Cabinet rejected the proposals and instead approved a revised proposal, according to which the NamRA head can earn N$2.08 million per year – which is about N$700 000 less than the initially proposed salary.

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