Pay cheques are in but many business owners will struggle to recover from the five-month platinum mine wage dispute.
Retrenchments in the platinum mining sector are now all but inevitable, say labour experts.
Miners returning to work received food parcels, health supplements and transport relief, but will have to undergo medicals and retraining.
The Amcu leader's speech to members at the end of the historic strike became an exercise in obfuscation, omission and, at times, pure fabrication.
The trade union says Amcu's latest counter proposal on behalf of mineworkers borders on negotiating in bad faith and "defeating the ends of justice".
The president is under pressure to buoy investor confidence with his State of the Nation Address amid a credit-rating downgrade and ongoing strike.
Striking miners are getting state help – but only if they are early, and South African.
Does Gwede Mantashe expect us to believe that four people are solely responsible for the longest, most bitter strike in South Africa's history?
Platinum stockpiles and a market surplus mean the mineworker strike is almost convenient for the mining companies.
The mines minister says a state task team that intervened in Amcu's wage negotiations has "done enough work" for the parties to continue.
A new report says platinum mines could have afforded to pay workers more.
Strike talks between government, platinum miners and Amcu are due to resume after reports the mineworkers' union rejected a pay offer by government.
A member of Lonmin management has faced strong criticism for not being willing to negotiate directly with the miners during their strike.
Wage negotiations have reached the point where the mining firms have to report back to their shareholders and Amcu has to speak to its members.
The body of a man found hanging from a tree in North West is believed to be that of a mineworker, while miners on their way to work have been beaten.
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.
About 12 000 people affected by the Amcu strike on the platinum belt have received food from nonprofit organisations.
Some say the decision by a judge to take the labour deadlock back to mediation with her as mediator is "highly unusual".