Attackers have gunned down a former NUM official at Lonmin, stoking political and industrial tensions on South Africa's volatile platinum belt.
The mining union's change of tactics governing wage talks has suggested that last year's bloody mine violence at Marikana may be avoided this year.
Amcu is insisting that gold mines more than double the wages of entry-level workers, raising the stakes for pay talks set for early next month.
Workers at Lonmin have launched a wildcat strike, halting all of the company's mine operations and reigniting fears of deadly unrest.
The jobs on the line in Anglo American's plan to bring profits back to its SA operations are just the first of many the sector is about to bleed.
Anglo American Platinum miners have ended a wildcat walkout and want talks to prevent further action against the number one producer of the metal.
Harmony Gold's Kusasalethu mine could be shut permanently, ending about 6 000 jobs, after managers received death threats and police were shot at.
Africa's rhinos and elephants have been poached in near record numbers in 2012, with surging demand for horn and ivory driving the slaughter.
Mourners in Newtown, Connecticut, headed for the first two of 20 funerals of the schoolchildren shot dead by 20-year-old Adam Lanza.
Anglo American will face a hearing next year to determine if it's liable for miners who contracted silicosis while working in its gold shafts.