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Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba. (Pic: Gallo Images)
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba. (Pic: Gallo Images)

A MONTH ago I wrote that the country may be heading into a “winter of discontent” as the public sector unions face their employer, the government, in pay and benefits talks.

Since then we have had the announcement by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba of his 14-point plan aimed at “taking the country out of recession”.

The plan - to be fleshed out in the mini budget in October - lacks detail, but does make almost certain that there will be not only a winter but an ongoing period of discontent. And not only in the public sector, where government has already effectively frozen more than 150 000 jobs.

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