August 19, 2013 / 6:12 AM / 4 years ago

Workers strike at Toyota's South Africa unit

CAPE TOWN, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Workers downed tools on Monday at the South African unit of Japanese auto maker Toyota , the company said, signaling the start of a nationwide strike in the auto sector over wages.

The stoppage in the auto industry, which contributes at least 6 percent to the country's GDP and 12 percent of its total exports, could compound the woes of Africa's largest economy, where unrest in the mining sector has also slowed growth.

Reporting by Wendell Roelf; Writing by Ed Stoddard; Editing by Pascal Fletcher

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