Three years of labour upheaval and a political push for safety and better wages have set in motion a drive to mechanise platinum mines.
Platinum stockpiles and a market surplus mean the mineworker strike is almost convenient for the mining companies.
The top three platinum producers have agreed to further court-mediated talks with Amcu in yet another attempt to reach agreement on wages.
Thandi Modise says she is concerned over reports that intimidation has stopped miners from accessing health services in the platinum belt.
To strike is to suffer through wageless months at the mines on the platinum belt in North West, but the alternative is unthinkable.
Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa is taking the mining giants to labour court, saying their SMS campaign violated an agreement with the union.
The mineworkers' union is back at the table with platinum producers in an attempt to end the now two-week mineworker strike.
NUM members from Northam Platinum have marched to their employer's offices demanding better wages and the resignation of CEO Glyn Lewis.
About 2Â 300 mineworkers have staged an underground sit-in at Anglo American Platinum's (Amplats) Dishaba mine.
Minister Susan Shabangu has spotlighted rivalry between NUM and Amcu, and instructed them to join hands against a common enemy: "monopoly capital".
Small groups of workers have stopped miners at two AngloGold mines from reporting for duty and a miner is in a critical condition after being stabbed.
People from SA's neighbouring countries flock here looking for work. Hundreds of thousands find it in the mining industry and in farming and tourism.
Endless stories are recounted by garnishee administration companies about staff members going home empty-handed on payday.
After months of vehement rhetoric and criticising the government, a subdued Julius Malema spoke in Lenasia recently.
Two people have been shot dead at Harmony Gold's mine in Carletonville, seemingly thanks to rivalry between NUM and Amcu members at the mine.
Shaft committees from Anglo American Platinum met discreetly in a Rustenburg park to discuss ways of adding impetus to their seven-week strike action.
In media coverage of the strikes, no effort has been spared to demonise the National Union of Mineworkersm, writes reader Mathew Blatchford.
For as long as South Africans believe they can get away with murder, they will continue to kill. What do we say now that black people are in charge?
Gold Fields will shut down all operations at its South Deep, Kloof, and Driefontein mines in order to conduct an inspection of the ropes on mine hoists. This follows the deaths of nine workers, who plunged 58m down a shaft when a rope on their conveyance snapped at the Gold Fields South Deep mine near Randfontein on Thursday morning.