EDITORIAL: Curbing public sector wages a test of resolve and goodwill
It will take an impressive act of patriotism for government employees to forgo increases for the good of the country
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%...