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.
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.
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.
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.