Cape Town 101028. Deputy Finance Minister, Nhlanhla Nene is his 120 Plein Street office. PHOTO SAM CLARK, CA, Gaye Davis

Johannesburg - South Africa's government is concerned about industrial relations in the country, its finance minister said on Thursday, as a metal workers' strike that threaten to tip the economy into recession enters its third-week.

“We are concerned about the industrial relations situation. We hope we will be able to resolve this much more speedily,” Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene told a briefing. - Reuters