Africa's Ebola epidemic has not run its course and around 30 people are still getting infected each week, says the UN special envoy for the disease.
With the economy in a precarious state, and the load-shedding crisis adding to the country's woes, President Jacob Zuma is under pressure.
The union has accepted a wage offer from employers but will continue striking over conditions relating to future pay negotiations.
The cash-strapped armed forces are in a "critical state of decline" that will take at least a decade to fix, according to the SA Defence Review.
Worker strikes at car and vehicle part manufacturers have impacted negatively on production lines at South African automakers.
A man died after he was hit by a rubber bullet during clashes between police and striking farmworkers in the Western Cape, said a police spokesperson.
Three transport unions have agreed to abandon their industrial action but Satawu, which represents about 28 000 workers, says it will continue.