5 important things happening in South Africa today

Here’s what is happening in and affecting South Africa today:

  • Public service unions are not happy with government’s plans to cut jobs. The plan was confirmed by Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu this week, who said government would look at early retirement packages as well as retrenchments to cut down the public wage bill, which has grown beyond the country’s means. Unions, however, say job cuts go against negotiations, and will led to further skill loss in the country. [EWN]
  • Sanral is expected to spend R25 billion expanding and maintaining South Africa’s road network this year, as e-toll debt continues to mount, hitting over R67 billion. According to transport minister Fikile Mbalula, the reality is that the e-toll debt has to be paid, but government is sensitive to the calls for the system to be scrapped. The matter is being discussed, with an update expected in August. [Times Live]

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5 important things happening in South Africa today