The Proteas will resume their first innings on 215 for the loss of eight wickets on day three of the second test against England in Cape Town on Sunday.
The Proteas dismissed the English for 269 at Newlands early on the second day.
Fifties for opener, Dean Elgar and Rassie van der Dussen, were the only highlights of the home side’s innings so far.
The both steadied the innings with a 101 run partnership.
Elgar was eventually dismissed for 88, while Van der Dussen managed 68. Vernon Philander is not out on 13.
South Africa still trail the tourists by 54 runs.