While government and the business sector have vowed to remove obstacles to economic growth, Eskom's push for a price increase could cripple progress.
The South African business sector feels the government is not consulting it on key economic issues and decisions, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday.
Renowned economist Joseph Stiglitz says emerging markets show a good deal of resilience and growth but still face a great deal of instability.
The South African government's latest three-year strategy has aimed to boost manufacturing capacity and create jobs but business is sceptical.
We will have to wait to see if the US downturn produces anything to rival the cultural achievements that came out of the Great Depression.
In an economic downturn, when demand falls, productivity would have to be cut, which affects the total income flow to the business.