Deputy Minister of Higher Education Buti Manamela met with the management of the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and unions in Durban on Tuesday in attempts to try to end an ongoing strike.

Manamela says, “The parties have made a breakthrough, they agreed to resume negotiations through the bargaining process immediately after the unions reported to the workers. The negotiations should be concluded before the end of the week and the situation should get back to normality before the end of the week.”

The salary negotiations are expected to resume on Wednesday after having collapsed two weeks ago after an agreement could not be reached between management and workers.

For several weeks now workers at the university have been on strike, seeking an 8% salary increase for 2018 while the institution is offering 6.5%.