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A street money changer counts South African Rands in Harare, Zimbabwe, May 5, 2016. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo - RTX2CZDI

Acting Minister for Public Service and Administration Naledi Pandor on Sunday asked for more time to conduct further consultations on public service wage negotiations that are currently underway.

Pandor requested more time from Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council on behalf of the mandate committee. The committee consists of various government departments like finance, defense, health, basic education, police, state security, higher education and training, and home affairs.

“We understand the urgency of the situation and the need to conclude these talks timeously, but we also want to ensure that we package a deal that is workable and sustainable for government, labor and the South African public in general,” said Pandor.

The government said it wants to finalize its internal processes before any new round of negotiation can commence.

Pandor requested that the meeting convenes on May 3. She also asked the public servants to be patient and allow the stakeholders to package a workable and sustainable deal for all parties concerned.

“As government, we would like to assure all stakeholders that we are committed to this process and thus appeal to all players concerned to focus their energies towards a sustainable outcome of the talks,” she said. Enditem

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