For FW de Klerk reconciliation was never about moral intention, but always about political strategy, writes Antjie Krog.
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Cosatu General Secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali says government should not blame public wages for squeezing expenditure, saying the Cabinet size should rather be reconsidered.
Minister of Public Service and Administration Ayanda Dlodlo has slammed reports that government is considering laying off 30 000 public servants, saying they are "misleading" and "creating a state of panic".
Government this week remained tight-lipped on its negotiation position despite delaying the public service wage talks by more than three weeks.
Slashing the size of President Jacob Zuma’s bloated Cabinet came up as one of many measures that business raised that could help avert a credit rating downgrade.
The R62bn wage bill agreement is a reflection and symptom of a broader problem that needs addressing, says Deputy Minister of Finance Mcebisi Jonas.
A wage deal agreed with nurses, teachers and other civil servants will cost the government an additional R66bn, says acting Public Service Minister Nkosinathi Mthethwa.
Deputy President David Mabuza said government would eventually have to confront the issue of the public wage bill, which he said was unsustainable.
Government may lay off 30 000 public servants in an effort to cut costs, according to a report in the Mail & Guardian.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan needs to address public sector wages and high government interest payments in his budget, say analysts.
Tax revenue is declining, overspending on the wage bill has eaten into contingency reserves and spending on current payments is set to increase by 8.2%. What can we expect going forward?
The public sector wage agreement means departments will need to reallocate spending and there is no room for expanding government employment, says the finance minister.
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