Agence France-PresseOctober 31, 2013 12:37
South Africa turned in a record trade deficit in September, official data showed on Thursday after a raft of auto and mining strikes scuttled exports.
The South African economy, the biggest in Africa, showed a trade deficit of 18.94 billion rand ($1.92 billion).
Exports fell by 6.0 percent.
Vehicle exports fell by 58 percent, in the midst of a wave of auto strikes that crippled the sector for nearly two months. At one point about 30,000 workers had downed tools.
Exports from the mining sector, which was also hit by strikes, fell 12 percent.