The department of mineral resources has sent condolences to family and friends of the five mineworkers killed during a fire at a Gold Fields shaft.
Susan Shabangu described the mounting death toll in SA's mines as "carnage", adding there is a link between the pursuit of profits and the body count.
South Africa is looking at revised safety regulations to help tackle rising mine deaths in the world's top platinum and a major gold producer.
The National Union of Mineworkers is planning protests and a day of mourning to highlight its concerns over mining fatalities.
The National Union of Mineworkers may shut the sector down for a day to protest a recent surge in mining deaths, it was reported on Friday.
Harmony Gold said on Thursday that it had stopped operations at its Joel mine in South Africa after an employee died in an accident.
The death toll from methane gas explosions in a coal mine in Pakistan's south-western province of Baluchistan rose to 45 on Monday.
Anglo Platinum, the world's top platinum producer, on Monday halted operations at its Thembelani mine after a worker died in an accident.
A winch operator died at Harmony Gold Mining Company's Bambanani mine in the Free State after a ground fall, NUM said on Thursday.
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.
Northam Platinum announced Monday that an employee died in a tramming accident on Sunday morning.
More than 1 000 miners will down tools at the Arnot Exarro coal mine in Mpumalanga to mourn the death of a worker.
Two miners died at Northam Platinum's Zondereinde mine near Thabazimbi, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Wednesday.
The government will not compromise on mine safety, the Department of Mineral Resources said on Tuesday.
An inquiry into a mine accident in Rustenburg that left five people dead and one critically injured is under way, Aquarius Platinum said on Thursday.
Hopes were fading on Monday of finding alive any of the 58 miners still trapped deep inside Russia's largest underground coal mine.
Two miners died and eight were rescued, including three injured, following a fall of ground at the Driefontein Gold Fields mine near Carletonville.
Parliament on Friday passed new mine-safety laws that enforce stricter penalties and hold mine CEOs criminally liable for deaths.
Eleven thousand miners at the Gold Fields Beatrix mine in the Free State will down tools on Thursday as part of a day of mourning, NUM says.