US Dollar Bonuses For Civil Servants, Civil Service Pensioners

The Zimbabwean government has announced that civil servants and civil service pensioners will receive their 13th cheque in foreign currency this year.

Permanent Secretary for Finance and Economic Development George Guvamatanga announced that civil servants will receive their bonuses in foreign currency up to a maximum of US$700. Civil servants with pay grades requiring more than US$700 will get the balance in local currency. He also said, civil service pensioners will receive bonus payments of US$100 plus an extra US$80 for spouses.

Confirming the development in an interview with State media on Thursday night, Guvamatanga said:

"It is true that we are paying bonuses in US dollars. It is a once-off gesture by the President to civil servants and pensioners."

A letter signed by Guvamatanga and penned to the secretary of the Public Service Commission Jonathan Wutawunashe, acting executive director Health Services Board Angelbert Mbengwa, and Judicial Service Commission secretary Walter Chikwana read:

"Guided by the developments in the market and taking into account the plight of workers and the need to cushion members from the adverse effects of fluctuations in exchange rates and also taking into account the proactive initiative by Government, Treasury advises that the 2021 13th cheque be paid in foreign currency (US dollars) at 100 per cent of the pensionable emoluments, capped at a maximum of US$700 whilst those with pay scales exceeding the balance of the 13th cheque will be payable in local currency.

"In light of the foregoing, it is recommended that pensioners be equally cushioned on the basis of the following flat, once-off amount per each category: own right US$100, spouse US$80, child US$60."

Recently, the Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (ZIMTA), released a statement demanding payment of bonuses in forex.

Sydney Chako

Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics teacher at Sytech Learning Academy. From Junior Secondary School to Tertiary Level Engineering Mathematics and Engineering Science.


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