Government has tabled its final municipal wage offer but both sides are hopeful that this is not the end of the road and that a strike can be averted.
President Jacob Zuma expressed condolences on Saturday morning following the death of Public Service and Administration Minister Roy Padayachie.
Roy Padayachie was a committed patriot who died in the service of his country, deputy minister of public service and administration said on Saturday.
Minister of Public Service and Administration Roy Padayachie has died in Ethiopia, government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said on Saturday.
Public Service Minister Roy Padayachie has said plans are under way to introduce a single public service, integrating all three spheres of government.
Tensions are mounting between Public Service and Administration Minister Richard Baloyi and his deputy, Ayanda Dlodlo, say departmental officials.
Is it a question of being presumed guilty until proved innocent? Is it a representation of certain interests or political game-playing?
Jacob Zuma's R2.4-billion loan to Swaziland has unwittingly strengthened the hand of unions, says Rapule Tabane.
As the country reels from twin strikes by the metal and chemical worker unions, a further strike is looming by nearly a million members of Cosatu.
Dumisani Nkwamba, spokesperson for the minister of public service and administration, responds to the M&G's editorial.
In recent years the Ministerial Handbook has been held up as putting an official stamp on the spending habits of ministers.
Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has denied that Cosatu had ever apologised to President Jacob Zuma and the ANC for publicly criticising him.
A "back to basics" approach was needed to counter shortfalls in governance in the public-service sector, minster Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi said.
President Thabo Mbeki has opened the Public Administration Leadership and Management Academy in Pretoria.
Last year's bitter public sector strike lives on in the unexpected multibillion-rand increase in the civil service pay bill announced this week.