An Tuesday court interdict has failed to thwart Amcu's plans to strike at several Sibanye gold mines, where it is the majority union.
A major source of income and jobs is on hold while the company tries to find a solution.
Anglo American Platinum, may sell some mines after profits for the first half of the year fell 88%, following a five-month strike.
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.
SA's longest strike is inching towards a close. But in Rustenburg, Amcu is the name trending on shop floor lips as a game changer on the labour front.
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 short-term benefit is likely to be higher prices – and investors will start looking elsewhere.
The realignment of the labour landscape is a positive step towards blue-collar empowerment.
Does Gwede Mantashe expect us to believe that four people are solely responsible for the longest, most bitter strike in South Africa's history?
An orderly restructuring of the platinum industry is essential after the longest strike in our history, writes Gilad Isaacs.
Platinum stockpiles and a market surplus mean the mineworker strike is almost convenient for the mining companies.
Amcu is considering a government proposal to resolve a five-month platinum strike and will put it to its members this week.
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.
NUM says one of its members has been stabbed to death on his way to work at an Amplats mine, the fifth such killing in the past two weeks.
The red berets have won over a large number of former ANC supporters in North West, despite the party being less than a year old.
To strike is to suffer through wageless months at the mines on the platinum belt in North West, but the alternative is unthinkable.
Miners burnt tyres, barricaded roads and set roadside stalls alight near Lonmin's platinum mine to stop fellow strikers from returning to work.