Data MUST Fall: Here’s what Vo

Data MUST Fall: Here’s what Vodacom’s rich execs earn

Consumers struggling with the high cost of mobile network data and call services can rest assured that their fees are going to the rich.

Data MUST Fall: Here’s what Vo

While millions in Mzansi struggle to find a job and are dealing with the reality of more and more family members losing their jobs, never mind the awful COVID-19 pay cuts and high data costs, the super-wealthy among us are getting along just fine, thank you.

A couple of cases in point are the senior executives over at Vodacom – the purveyors from the consumer’s perspective of course, of ever high priced mobile data and services. A sore point that hits home even harder now that so many of us – those lucky to still have jobs – are working from home and reliant on online access to earn a living.


Vodacom’s CEO Shameel Joosub earned a whopping R55.008 million in total remuneration before tax, the cellphone network’s latest financial report data has revealed. And of course, the government, which via SARS raked in almost half of this – R24,75 million to be exact – is also sitting pretty in the pound seats of mobile network profits. Joosub’s total after-tax take-home pay was R30.255 million.

Joosub’s basic salary was R12,57 million according to the data revealed in Vodacom’s integrated report for the year ended 31 March 2021. He also received “short term incentives” of R17.68 million, which comprised of a bonus that he will be paid in June 2021, due to the firm’s performance for the financial year ended 31 March 2021.

He also received R16,99 million in long-term incentives, including a 2018 award that will be vested in June 2021 according to the report’s data.

His 2021 salary was higher than in 2020, when his take pay after tax was a mere R23.896 million.

Vodacom CFO Raisibe Morathi earned a COOL R14m

Vodacom CFO Raisibe Morathi has worked for the firm since 1 November 2020. She earned a basic salary of R3.75 million between November 2020 and March 2021. She also benefited from a sign-on payment of R6 million in cash and a R3.895 million “short-term incentive”.

Morathi’s remuneration was R14.007 million before tax and R7.704 million after SARS took its portion. 

Both executives were taxed at a rate of 45%.

And there you have it in the data…living proof of the sad old truth that the rich just keep getting richer, while the rest of us run the hamster wheel to keep the wolves from the door.