Hundreds of employees of the Eastern Cape health department have been issued with final warnings aft.
Reigning Mpumalanga Vodacom League side Barberton City Stars believe they can retain their title.
Stars take on MP Highlanders at their once feared slaughter- house, Barberton prison ground, tomorrow at 3pm.
Sipho "Spy-Kos" Nkosi, Stars' publicist, said: "Though some of our key players will not be available for Saturday's match, that doesn't mean we will throw away the three points.
"All the players we have are ready to fight and come Saturday at 5pm, Highlanders will walk off the pitch empty-handed."
The players who are not available for tomorrow's match include player-coach Patrick "Bazooka" Phiri, captain Madoda "Codesa" Nkonde, William Msibi and Reuben "Rhoo" Msibi.
Stars will be playing their third game without coach Galiel "Gallo" Pelwan, whom they sacked in December.
Said Million "TM" Makaringe, public relations officer of Highlanders: "After a slow start at the beginning of the season the boys are beginning to gel now.
"Gauging from their performance during the Bushbuckridge mayoral tournament in December, I'm convinced the boys have turned the corner."
Makaringe said the team has roped in three foreigners: Chico Mulaudzi and Djemba Lumumba (both from Zambia), and Carley Luphungo from the Democratic Republic of Congo.