South Africa was ranked last out of 148 countries by the World Economic Forum on the quality of its math and science education, undermining the growth potential of the continent’s second-largest economy.
An empty bus that’s supposed to be taking Lonmin Plc employees back to work rolled along the dusty main road in Marikana in the heart of South Africa’s platinum belt, where miners have been on strike for four months.
At a Daimler AG plant that overlooks the East London harbor in South Africa, robots help produce one of the world’s best-selling luxury cars. A line of one-armed, orange, computerized machines works under minimal human supervision, attaching panels to chassis for Mercedes-Benz C- Class sedans.
Carmakers including Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co., Bayerische Motoren Werke AG and General Motors Co. shut production in South Africa as about 30,000 workers began a strike to demand higher wages.
South Africa is set for its worst year of industrial action since all-race elections in 1994 after a 20-day strike by state workers won them raises of more than twice the inflation rate, encouraging miners and autoworkers to hold out on their pay demands.
South African state workers suspended a strike that has shut thousands of schools and interrupted services at hospitals and courts since Aug. 18, as they consider an improved wage offer from the government.