Botswana cabinet agree 10% pay cut to support coronavirus relief fund

Botswana Cabinet members have agreed to donate 10% of their salaries towards the country’s COVID-19 relief fund, the government announced last Tuesday.

According to Vice President Slumber Tsogwane, Cabinet members have pledged 10% of their salaries for six months. The deductions will total P167,407.20 a month. The amount comes to about $14,000 per month and $84,000 over the six months.

Speaking on state broadcaster, BTV, last Tuesday, VP Tsogwane said himself, the President, Ministers and Assistant Ministers have all written letters and authorised a 10% deduction of their salaries to help the nation in the fight against COVID-19.

He also thanked Batswana and the private sector for their continued contribution to the fund and urged others to bring their pledges, monetary or otherwise. The country is under a lockdown occasioned by a state of emergency imposed to curb spread of the virus.

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