Adcorp estimates that in the last decade the economy has lost R55.2-billion cumulative terms due to sickness.
Farmers beef up security amid threats of more violence should workers' wages not be increased.
Blame for the labour crisis in South Africa has been placed at mine bosses' door for caving in to illegal action.
Business has claimed that "irrational" labour Bills were passed before a final Nedlac report and were not properly assessed by stakeholders.
Capitalist production will always follow those who are prepared to work for the cheapest rates.
Negotiations on the review of South Africa's labour legislation reached an advanced stage.
The ANC earmarked sectors for creating employment that have been shedding jobs for years, the South African Institute of Race Relations said on Monday
The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry will oppose calls by Cosatu to change the labour act, it was reported on Tuesday.