Three years of labour upheaval and a political push for safety and better wages have set in motion a drive to mechanise platinum mines.
While Amcu workers prepare to return to work on Wednesday after a successful strike, mine bosses have warned of a difficult rebuilding phase ahead.
Gold producer Sibanye is considering buying embattled platinum mines which have been crippled by a five-month labour dispute.
Amcu says it has accepted a new wage offer from platinum miners, but outstanding issues still need to be discussed with the employers.
Government says Monday's talks with Amcu and mining bosses will determine whether it continues with it's intervention in the platinum wage dispute.
Supra Mahumapelo has called on communities in Sefikile, in the platinum belt, to exercise restraint after two houses were allegedly petrol bombed.
A team of officials from various departments will meet mining bosses and Amcu over strikes in the platinum belt.
The National Union of Mineworkers says it is concerned by the economic impact of the lengthy platinum sector wage dispute.
Three major platinum producers have dismissed reports of an agreement in the long-standing wage dispute with mining union Amcu.
As tensions run high in Marikana, Numsa says it might strike with Amcu - whose members are demanding a R12 500 salary from Lonmin, Amplats and Impala.
Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa is taking the mining giants to labour court, saying their SMS campaign violated an agreement with the union.
Miners burnt tyres, barricaded roads and set roadside stalls alight near Lonmin's platinum mine to stop fellow strikers from returning to work.
Platinum mining companies have expressed their disappointment following news that Amcu's marathon strike will enter its 15th week.
Mining companies approaching workers directly with their latest offer could lead to instability on the platinum belt, according to the union.
Bent but unbowed by the crippling strike, Rustenburg Impala’s rugby team has triumphed.
At an undisclosed location, mine representatives will continue to meet with Amcu - whose members downed tools demanding a basic salary of R12 500.
Meetings have resumed between Amcu and major platinum mines, but analysts are divided about whether an end to the three-month strike is in sight.
As a three-month long strike by miners affects the platinum belt, Amplats says its Rustenburg operations are in a marginal financial standing.
With no end in sight for Amcu's strike in the platinum sector, an analyst has predicted producers will "implement extreme measures" to break protests.