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Rand Wa­ter claimed that taps in Johannesburg would not run dry should its em­ploy­ees be­long­ing to the Mu­nic­i­pal Work­ers’ Union of South Africa act on their threat to strike. At the time of go­ing to print, it was re­ported that Rand Wa­ter would ap­ply for an in­ter­dict against such a strike. While only time will tell whether Johannesburg will in­deed run out of wa­ter, we al­ready know one thing: con­tin­ued strikes in the public sec­tor will cost the SA econ­omy.

− For­mer Cosatu gen­eral-sec­re­tary Zwelinz­ima Vavi in an in­ter­view with News24, in which he also said that economist Dawie Roodt was a hero af­ter he wrote an open let­ter to all South Africans on why he will not em­i­grate.

“I fully agree that peo­ple must be em­ployed strictly on merit and not based on po­lit­i­cal con­nec­tions. But I can­not sup­port ask­ing the whole public ser­vice and SOE work­ers to reap­ply as a way of deal­ing with the prob­lem. In fact, I be­lieve most of the prob­lems are not cre­ated by work­ers – who them­selves do not have power to em­ploy – but by se­nior of­fi­cials who don’t have skills, but rely on po­lit­i­cal con­nec­tions.”

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