The four-week strike led by trade union Numsa in July disrupted the manufacturing sector causing production and output to shrink.
Consumer Price Inflation exceeded the Reserve Bank's target band of 3% to 6% for the third time in .
It's the number of skilled people that gets an economy going, not the distribution of those skills among its ethnic groups, writes Herman W Kruijsse.
Inflation in Africa's second biggest economy has bust out of the Reserve Bank's target band again in May.
Here is your guide to the data releases, central bank meetings and other events likely to drive markets in the week ahead.
This week, Stats SA is due to release the country's latest retail figures, while China will report its growth figures. Here's the economic week ahead.
South Africa's poverty rate fell 11 percentage points (from 57% to 46%) between 2009 and 2011, Statistics South Africa has said.
The unemployment rate fell to 24.1% or 50 000 according to Statistics South Africa data released on Tuesday.
Research shows women are more likely to have high blood pressure and experts blame the added stress of unequal gender roles.
The Consumer Price Index annual inflation rate in December 2013 has surprised the market, having come in just marginally higher than in November.
Factory output is looking good as the rand's decline has boosted revenue from exports.
South African household expenditure increased 24.6% between 2005/2006 and 2010/2011, Stats South Africa said.
Statistics South Africa says the consumer price inflation rate accelerated to 5.5% year-on-year in September.
The latest Statistics South Africa figures suggest social grants and a large public service are taking their toll on government coffers.
The headline inflation rate for April 2012 was 6.1%, Statistics South Africa said on Wednesday.
The eurozone crisis should steal the show this week, while in SA the Reserve Bank is considering interest rates, and inflation is in the spotlight.
Beyond French election results, central bank speeches in the US, production figures in Europe and key releases in SA, it will be an interesting week.