There is much resting on the relationship between the government and its more than 1-million public servants.

In February, finance minister Tito Mboweni pencilled in R160bn of cuts to the baseline wage bill over the next three years. In effect, this amounted to a wage freeze for 2020/2021 and increases lower than inflation for the year or two after. This was crucial to him meeting an already large budget deficit of 6.8%...

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