South Africa's GDP growth has been only 0.7% in the third quarter of 2013, the slowest pace in more than four years.
South Africa's economy is slowing following strikes in the motor industry, according to the BankservAfrica Economic Transaction Index.
About 2 300 mineworkers have staged an underground sit-in at Anglo American Platinum's (Amplats) Dishaba mine.
The worker issues that sparked the Marikana unrest have still not been addressed, political analyst Steven Friedman told a Pretoria labour conference.
The share price of the embattled mining giant remains relatively unscathed.
Strike-related damages have soared as state insurer Sasria gets its biggest claim ever - R70-million in damages after farmworker strikes in Cape Town.
Recent amendments will hamper growth and without growth, transformation is a nonstarter, Coenraad Bezuidenhout says.
The recently negotiated 8% pay increase for gold miners will be a hollow victory for those who stand to lose their jobs.
Some of the season's main strikes may be over but another wave may yet rise to hit South Africa.
The effect of strikes on exports saw the current account deficit widen by almost R5-billion.
Worker strikes at car and vehicle part manufacturers have impacted negatively on production lines at South African automakers.
The number of strikes last year in South Africa hit a five-year high, with the mining sector accounting for 82.4% of them, says the labour department.
Higher wage trends have ensured that parastatals largely avoided work stoppages this season.
Amcu members have voted to go on industrial action after rejecting an 8% wage increase offer, while Numsa members have chosen to return to work.
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A strike in the motor industry will see thousands of workers -- including petrol attendants -- down tools from Monday.
Two sectors participating in industrial action earn much more than the median minimum wage.
Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has called for a swift end to strikes over wage increases, saying talks need not always result in industrial action.
Countrywide strikes by mining, transport and metalworkers has weakened the rand and eroded investor confidence.