Urgent Distribution

The General Secretary of the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC), Mr Frikkie De Bruin today announced that the agreement providing for the salary adjustments and improvements on conditions of service in the public service for the period 2018/2019; 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 enjoyed the majority support of 65.74% of the of trade unions admitted to the PSCBC.

The South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU), the National Education Health and Allied Workers (NEHAWU), the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU), the Democratic Nursing Organization of South Africa (DENOSA), the National Professional Teachers Organization of South Africa (NAPTOSA), the Suid Afrikaanse Onderwysers Unie (SAOU), the South African Medical Association (SAMA), the Public and Allied Workers Union of South Africa (PAWUSA) and the South African State and Allied Workers Union (SASAWU) signed the agreement.

De Bruin said, that “in this instance collective bargaining was the ultimate winner, with parties being resolute in negotiating an amicable settlement, irrespective various challenges”. He further alluded to the fact that “everyone may not be happy with everything in the resolution, but overall it attempts to address in some form the needs of every one of the 1, 3 million public servants impacted by the agreement. “

The Council will now monitor the implementation of the agreement and ensure compliance to the agreed to terms.

Issued by the PSCBC
Enquires- Mr Oomang Parag
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[ Download: PSCBC Resolution 1 of 2018- Agreement on the salary adjsutments and improvements in conditions of service for the period 2018 to 2021 ]

DATE: 18 May 2018

The PSCBC is pleased to announce that the Parties to Council have concluded the wage negotiations for the public service.

The agreement addresses amongst other the following areas;


The salary adjustment for the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019, effective from 1 April 2018, for employees on salary levels 1-12 will be as follows:

  • Salary Levels 1 to 7 7%
  • Salary Level 8 to 10 6.5%; and
  • Salary Level 11 to 12 6%


Parties agree to the equalization of pay progression across the public service at 1.5% per annum to employees appointed in the public service in terms of the following legislation;

  • Employment of Educators Act 76 of 1998 (as amended);
  • Police Service Act 68 of 1995 (as amended);
  • Public Service Act 103 of 1994 (as amended); and the
  • Educators appointed in terms of the Correctional Services Act 111 of 1998 (as amended)

Implementation to be 1 July 2018 & 1 July 2019 respectively.


Parties agree to the delinking of the payment of the housing allowance of spouses.

Parties agree to the incremental implementation of the delinking of the housing allowance as follows:

  • Delinking of the housing allowance for spouses of employees on salary level 1-5 with effect from 1 September 2018;
  • Delinking of the housing allowance for spouses of employees on salary level 6-12 with effect from 1 September 2019.

Parties will reconvene on Monday 21 May 2018 at 11:00 for signing the agreement. The full contents of the agreement will be published after parties have appended their signatures to the agreement.

The PSCBC would like to thank parties for concluding this key agreement. We acknowledge the leadership of the Minister of Public Service and Administration and Leadership of the Trade Unions, managing this very tedious process over a prolonged period with all of the challenges we faced.

We also want to express our appreciation to public servants tolerating the prolonged process and allowing us to find an amicable solution without having to revert to industrial action.

Thank you to our facilitators Kaizer Thebedi and Ingrid Dimo for guiding us to this conclusion.

Mr Frikkie De Bruin
PSCBC: General Secretary

Frikkie De Bruin: 082 896 5006

The Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) General Secretary, Mr Frikkie De Bruin, would like to express his deepest sympathies to the Skweyiya family on behalf of the Council.

The PSCBC is saddened to hear of the passing of Cde. Skweyiya who was the founding Minister of the Department of Public Service and Administration in former president Nelson Mandela’s Cabinet and thereafter the Minister of Social Development during Thabo Mbeki’s administration. He always served unselfishly and prioritised the needs of our people by providing quality service delivery to previously disadvantaged communities. Cde. Skweyiya played a pivotal role in establishing the White Paper on the Transformation of the Public Service which changed the engineering of the public service by putting the needs of people first in terms of the Batho Pele Principles. Though described by some as a “gentle giant”, he was a tough negotiator who was never afraid to speak his mind.

The PSCBC would like to express its deepest condolences to the Skwyiya family on the passing of our dear Cde. Skweyiya. May his soul attain eternal bliss!!!

The Public Service Co-ordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC), would like to congratulate President Cyril Ramaphosa on being elected as president of the Republic of South Africa. 

The PSCBC looks forward to the astute leadership of our President, we believe that under your guidance, our Country will be a much better place to live in as we work together to champion the challenges that are faced by our workers in these tough economic conditions. We acknowledge that as a country we have a difficult road ahead but with the renewed hope, we will rise as a nation and overcome all of these obstacles.

We wish you all the best in your tenure as the new President of the Republic.

Issued by PSCBC General Secretary
16 February 2018

The PSCBC would like to congratulate the class of 2017-Matric learners, who have passed their National Senior Certificate (matric) examinations. We commend the learners, teachers, administrators and parents for their consistent dedication and commitment throughout the year.

Their pledge has assisted in the class of 2017 yielding improved results, in 2016, the pass rate was 72.5% and in 2017 we have noted the increase to 75.1%. (28.7% bachelor passes). The year 2017 had the most number of matriculates ever with just more than 800 000 sitting for the exams. We are pleased with the steady upward trend in the marks of subjects such as Mathematics, Mathematics Literacy and Physical Science and concerned with the percentage decline in subjects like Accounting, Business Studies and Agricultural Sciences.

The PSCBC would like to take this opportunity in acknowledging the challenging work conducted by our teachers. Teachers are often faced with challenges such as overcrowded classrooms with education infrastructure shortages and poor facilities and despite these challenges, our teachers work many long hours; during early hours of the morning, afternoon, weekends and holiday classes to achieve these outstanding results. Teachers, your dedication and commitment to this noble profession is commendable. The children of the poor and the working class are now afforded the opportunity to enroll at institutions of higher learning, this will change the course of their lives, their families and built quality communities.

Those candidates who did not progress, we urge you not to despair. We encourage learners who are going to exercise the Multiple Examination Opportunities (MEOs) to go back to their schools and register and take advantage of such programmes.
The PSCBC encourages all the 2017 matric students to further their studies through the various accredited academic/higher learning institutions throughout South Africa, so as to In future progress to the world of work in order to make a positive contribution towards South Africa’s economic elevation.

[Issued by PSCBC Secretariat]