Strikes cost SA economy $60m a day as workers demand pay rise
28 August 2013 Last updated at 19:31 BST
Strikes are costing Africa's biggest economy $60 million a day. Motor industry workers at Toyota, Ford and BMW have failed to cut a deal with bosses. The trade union wants a 14% rise in pay but bosses are only offering 10%.
From next week, there will be more strikes as petrol stations and car dealerships prepare for walkouts.
South African gold producers are also preparing for bruising strikes.
Lerato Mbele reports from Johannesburg.