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.
Gold mine owners and unions representing striking workers say they have reached a deal aimed at ending months of industrial unrest.
The Chamber of Mines says it's keen to talk to the ANC about nationalisation and "supertaxes" some more, before new policies are adopted at Mangaung.
The Chamber of Mines and Sasol have expressed reservations about SA's main climate policy paper, with industry reduction targets a key concern.
The National Union of Mineworkers hopes to secure a 14% pay hike this week at its wage discussions with the Chamber of Mines, which has offered 4%.
One-hundred-and-twenty-eight mine workers died in 2010, which was a 24% improvement over the previous year, the Chamber of Mines said on Tuesday.
One-hundred-and-twenty-eight mine workers died in 2010, Chamber of Mines CEO Bheki Sibiya said on Tuesday.
The Chamber of Mines welcomed reports that the ANC resolved to "investigate successful models that may be considered for the state role in mining".