However, captain Faf du Plessis says the 32-year-old is fit enough to play five days in the cool of Dunedin, where temperatures are forecast to be in the mid-teens for most of the Test.
Kane Williamson has his eyes on a 16th test century.
This is the first of three Tests.
New Zealand, in reply have managed to score quicket and get the game moving in a sign the pitch may be beginning to flatten out a little bit and become easier to bat on.
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Given the vulnerability of their batting order and the need to build a heavy first innings lead, the pressure has been ramped up on Williamson to lay that platofmr and bat for much of the next six hours to ensure his side get into a position where they can win the match.
Trailing by 308 runs, New Zealand opener Tom Latham fell early as he was caught behind off the bowling of Vernon Philander for 10 runs.
Even then he needs others to stick with him and with the exception of Raval they have found that hard to do. Taylor has a knee injury. The value of Williamson's early caution was evident after tea when he started to milk Maharaj then took three boundaries in a row off Kagiso Rabada, including a brace of textbook on-drives, to move him past 50 off 87 balls.
Earlier Williamson and Jeet Raval (52) set a New Zealand second-wicket partnership record of 102 against South Africa, beating the previous best of 90 by Matt Horne and Nathan Astle in February 1999 in Auckland.
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Bavuma needed an innings of substance to quell the criticism that had gathered around like malevolent clouds‚ and he responded with a sturdy 64‚ his first half-century in eight test innings.
Ross Taylor's calf injury "doesn't look too good" according to team-mate Trent Boult and he will be monitored at the team hotel overnight before having a scan on Friday morning.
New Zealand's sustained period of accuracy during the opening session troubled the Proteas as Quinton de Kock (10) and Temba Bavuma (64) were sent back to the pavilion in quick succession.
It was a decision which New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said was not taken lightly but with the state of the wicket he was hoping to have batted first and have two spinners available in the fourth innings.
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