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Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana delivers the National Budget Speech at the Good Hope Chamber in Cape Town.
Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana delivers the National Budget Speech at the Good Hope Chamber in Cape Town.
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In a twist of irony, the bearer of the bad news that the government was unilaterally implementing the public sector wage deal was Enoch Godongwana, the minister of finance, ably supported by Thulas Nxesi, the acting minister for public service and administration. Both are former trade union leaders, writes Mbhazima Shilowa. 

For the second time since the dawn of democracy, the South African government has unilaterally implemented its public sector wage offer, which it says was the outcome of a facilitated process that all parties had agreed to take back for consideration by its constituencies.

The offer was accepted by the government, but roundly rejected by the majority of public sector unions, except those representing teachers. 

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