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Minister delivers post office ultimatum

Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele has allegedly asked the Sapo board to resign or be fired, and a new administrator is waiting in the wings.

Civil service gets a kick in the cupboard

The treasury has a hungry, and growing, army of public servants to feed.

Civil service run by “hopelessly incompetent” ANC cadres

Speak it like it is - government administration is a shambles.

Public sector ‘manages’ to fail

A serious misunderstanding about the uneveness of the apartheid state has resulted in major policy errors.

Success demands self-sacrifice

Leaders in the public and private sectors must show they are serious about change.

The great carve-up

South Africa's conservative economic policy may be stable, but it's stifling transformation, writes <b>Nic Dawes</b>.

SA hit by strike fever

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.

Public-sector unions accept govt wage offer

Public-sector unions have accepted the government's wage offer, the South African Democratic Teachers' Union confirmed on Tuesday evening.

Public-sector unions to meet over govt wage offer

Public-sector unions are to meet on Wednesday afternoon for a final decision on whether the majority of unions will accept the government's pay offer.

Minister ‘hopeful’ unions will accept govt wage offer

Public Service Minister Richard Baloyi said on Tuesday he hoped to never see a repeat of this year's public-sector strike.

Hospersa rejects govt wage offer

The Health And Other Service Personnel Trade Union of South Africa (Hospersa) will not be signing the government's wage offer, the union has said.

Post-strike exam woes for matriculants

The strike may be over but the anxiety has only just begun for matric students. We talk to pupils from public and private schools.

Unions ‘suspend’ public-sector strike

South African public sector workers suspended a pay strike on Monday as it entered its fourth week, union officials said.

Why I broke the picket line

A question that plagues <b>Pat Schwartz</b> most about this strike: At what point does the right to fair pay trump the right to life?

Cabinet urges negotiators to end strike

The Cabinet has urged public-service wage negotiators to urgently find an amicable and win-win solution to the strike.

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Scores die in Western Cape’s deadly taxi tit-for-tat

Forty-three people were shot dead in the first six months of this year in the Western Cape’s intractable taxi violence, while close to 100 have been arrested and 40 are on court rolls in connection with the conflict

Ingonyama Trust Board moves to retrench staff

More than 50 workers at the Ingonyama Trust Board have been issued section 189 notices

Solar stuck where sun don’t shine: State spends R289m to store solar water heaters

The national solar water heater programme is set to take off once again this year, but meanwhile the government is spending millions on storing heaters that have yet to be installed

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The benefits of being a GEMS member

The scheme offers comprehensive and affordable healthcare options to all public service employees and greater access to better healthcare

The evolution of South Africa’s savings culture

A common misconception is that you need a lot of money to start saving, but this is simply not true – you can start with R50

Tobacco producers welcome new research confirming that cigarette ban has failed

Every day that goes by shows the importance of getting rid of this ban and going back to producing and selling cigarettes as we were before

Cost increases sharing of cigarettes

Many people are questioning whether the ban on tobacco in South Africa is not in fact having the opposite effect of that intended

How to tell if you have a hidden contact centre in your business

The important thing to remember is that a contact centre is defined less by the physical space it occupies and more by the customer experience it delivers

Accessing health and justice in a time of Covid-19

The similarities between the HIV epidemic and the Covid-19 pandemic are hard to ignore – the most obvious is the level of premature deaths caused by both

Position of the African Blood Regulators Forum on the use of Convalescent Plasma in Africa as a potential therapy for Covid-19

A potential treatment for Covid-19 is the transfusion of convalescent plasma collected from those who have recovered from into those who are still affected

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