August 30, 2015 / 12:19 PM / 3 years ago

Private sector, workers should tighten belt to save jobs: South Africa president

LEPHALALE, LIMPOPO, SOUTH AFRICA (Reuters) - South Africa’s private sector and workers need to tighten their belts to save jobs in Africa’s most advanced economy, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday.

South Africa's President Jacob Zuma answers questions in parliament in Cape Town August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Pointing to worries that the steel manufacturing industry and the mining sector could shed thousands of jobs, Zuma urged unions demanding higher wage increases and firms chasing profits “to recognize the fact that the economy is sick”.

He spoke at the opening of a new power station.

Reporting by TJ Strydom; Editing by Mark Heinrich

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