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South Africa wades into firefighter pay row in Canada

A group of South African firefighters work to uproot a tree as they mop-up hot spots in an area close to Anzac, just outside of Fort McMurray, Alberta on June 2, 2016South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma stepped in Saturday to resolve a pay dispute that has led to a strike by 300 of his nation’s firefighters who are in Canada battling massive forest fires. At Ottawa’s request, the firefighters flew to Canada two weeks ago to help quell the wildfire near the oil city of Fort McMurray, Alberta. In a statement the presidency said Zuma has asked South Africa’s Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa “to intervene in resolving the matter” and help “in finding a solution to the impasse”.

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