The Labour Court has handed down a final order preventing Amcu, a minority union on the gold mines, from embarking on a strike.
Female miners are still subjected to discrimination, sexual abuse and violence in the workplace. We spoke to some women about their experiences.
Members of Amcu have turned up in droves as the Labour Court was to hear the Chamber of Mines's bid to prevent an Amcu strike in the gold sector.
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.
The Labour Court has postponed a case regarding Amcu's planned strike in the gold sector to March 14.
Changes to mineral laws have been pushed through the National Assembly despite fears it will deter investment.
The CCMA has objected to the Chamber of Mines's chief negotiator saying the commission was making it "incredibly frustrating" to reach a settlement.
A planned Amcu strike in the gold sector could go ahead after an application to prevent it has been postponed by the Labour Court.
A wage settlement between gold producers and a few unions in the gold industry has been agreed upon, said the Chamber of Mines.
Over 21 000 National Union of Mineworkers members are still on strike, despite the acceptance of an 8% offer by the majority of gold mineworkers.
President Jacob Zuma has urged parties in the gold mining sector to reach a wage agreement soon.
While the NUM has dismissed gold miners' final wage increase offer, Solidarity says it needs more time to consult with its members first.
The National Union of Mineworkers is preparing for a strike in the gold mining and construction sectors.
Unions across the board have stood firm on wage demands, but employers say giving in to these would have dire consequences for the industry.
The Chamber of Mines has offered a 4% industry-wide increase despite demands for up to double pay for entry-level workers.
The fledgling union is not just at odds with the National Union of Mineworkers - it is up against the entire state machinery.
While government and the business sector have vowed to remove obstacles to economic growth, Eskom's push for a price increase could cripple progress.
As the labour crisis in the mining sector escalates, all eyes have turned to the government to take the lead in preventing financial and job losses.