Labour strikes weren't great for the mining sector in 2012, but they helped Eskom keep the lights on.
Experts say proposals on prescribed state ownership and BEE will scare off investors.
The mining unions’ alleged tit-for-tat violence is being stoked by stillborn promises.
The rand, which has remained largely unaffected by the mining wage saga, retreated slightly as mineworkers dismissed an increase offer.
"Violence, intimidation and lawlessness" need to be expunged from the troubled mining sector, says Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.
A meeting between government, mining houses and trade unions aims to resolve issues facing the mining sector, says Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.
But it is those who made the decision to unleash maximum force who must be held responsible, says David Bruce.
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.
About 120 striking workers at Kumba Iron Ore's Sishen mine, in the Northern Cape, have been dismissed after failing to attend disciplinary hearings.
Gold Fields has begun evicting thousands of its striking workers from company dormitories as work stoppages spread to more gold and platinum mines.
Retrenchments in the South African mining industry could be reduced by 40% to 60%, Solidarity deputy general secretary Dirk Hermann said on Thursday.
Free-falling global copper prices are causing panic in Zambia, one of the world's largest copper producers.
Two reports highlight the hidden vulnerability of communities around large-scale mining projects.
The global slowdown could affect mining, writes Lynley Donnelly.