Kanana's miners are being hounded by creditors and their childrens' school fees are unpaid, but breaking the strike is out of the question.
Three more illegal miners have surfaced from an abandoned mine in Benoni, on the East Rand, says Ekurhuleni emergency services.
A rescued illegal miner has been sent back underground to convince his trapped colleagues to come to the surface.
Calls for centralised bargaining in the platinum industry persist.
Around 200 NUM members have marched to the Mining Indaba in Cape Town to protest against the ill-treatment of Rio Tinto miners in other countries.
Miners with silicosis and TB are entitled to a small payout, but don't claim because they are kept in the dark about their rights.
Reports say the bodies of eight miners have been recovered after a fire and rock fall at a gold mine in Jo'burg, while one miner remains missing.
Nine miners remain unnaccounted for while eight are trapped in a refuge bay a mile underground after a fire broke out at Harmony Gold's Doornkop mine.
A study has explained that a treatment, described as "radical" by researchers, has not helped cut down tuberculosis infections among SA gold miners.
The links of illegal mining with Jo'burg's heyday provide a rich seam for photography.
Why do miners strike? The M&G spoke to residents of a township near Gold Fields, who live without electricity and proper toilets.
The system is on its way out but its legacy endures - in low wages and dwindling union membership.
At least 1 600 jobs could be affected at Sibanye Gold as it restructures its support services, says the company.
Cultural issues, bureaucracy and costs often prevent miners from accessing benefits due to them. Mandi Smallhorne reports.
Workers have turned to the union they scorned at the time of the unprotected strike - the National Union Mineworkers.
The search for about 100 workers believed to have died inside a collapsed gold mine in Sudan's Darfur region has ended, says a miner.
Silicosis might appear only 15 years after exposure to gold ore dust, long after they have gone home. Heidi Swart reports.
The legal team for 270 miners who were arrested and injured during a shooting at the Marikana mine are running low on funds, it has been reported.
A workers' representative has confirmed that workers from several mining companies in the North West will unify in a mass strike in the new year.
Despite the negativity about it among miners, the National Union of Mineworkers still believes that it can win them back, writes Kwanele Sosibo.