Stats general tight-lipped on economy
Pali Lehohla said he would not speculate on whether the country would enter a recession.
This after South Africa's economy contracted 0,6 percent in the first quarter of 2014.
The economy needs to experience two consecutive quarters of contraction in order to officially be in recession.
Lehohla highlighted figures which showed the extent to which the mining and manufacturing sectors had suffered due to the 2009 recession and labour unrest.
The mining industry contracted by 24,7 percent while manufacturing shrunk by 4,4 percent.
He said the second quarter gross domestic product (GDP) figures will be released on 24 August.
"After we release our next GDP [figures], we will see if SA has suffered or not."