Business Report writes that opposition parties in Parliament on Wednesday called for a speedy resolution to the public sector wage talks, but acting Minister of Public Service and Administration Nathi Mthethwa remained mum on public sector wage increases.

The parties said they hoped a settlement would be reached on Friday following the government’s increase in its wage offer to 7% and consultations by public sector unions with their members. The increase from 5.8% to 7% is believed to be the carrot that the unions are looking for. In his budget vote yesterday, Mthethwa came under attack from the opposition over corruption in the public service and a bloated public service with a ballooning wage bill of R430 billion. It was DA MP Joe McGluwa who launched the attack on Mthethwa accusing him of running an inefficient public service that was not delivering. Mthethwa, who was appointed acting minister in March following the death of Collins Chabane, said they were professionalising the public service through the National School of Government.