South Africa after Nelson Mandela
10 December 2013 Last updated at 14:03 GMT
While world leaders attended a national memorial service for former President Nelson Mandela, it was a normal day at work for the millions of workers throughout the country.
The South African authorities did not declare a national holiday.
Because of the worsening economic situation, many could not afford to take a day off work.
Mike Wooldridge reports from Johannesburg.