Workers from the National Union of Metalworkers of SA. File photo: Mogomotsi Magome.

Cape Town - South Africa's government will talk to all sides in a bid to prevent a possible strike next week by the Numsa union, which represents metal workers and artisans, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi told reporters on Thursday.

The strike planned for July 1 could hit a number of sectors, including engineering, communications and automotive components but it is not clear how many NUMSA members would down tools.

“We are going to support all the affected parties to make sure this strike doesn't take place,” Muthambi told reporters during a briefing in parliament.

Numsa, which claims to be South Africa's largest union with over 300,000 members, was to hold a news briefing at 11:30 SA time about the strike.

Africa's most advanced economy is still reeling from a five-month strike in the platinum mining sector which ended this week. - Reuters