The fickle nature of commodities is shown starkly in the Northern Cape town of Kathu, whose fortunes rise and fall with the iron ore price.
The department of mineral resources faces increasing opposition from other state ministries, particularly environment, water and tourism.
Uranium mining is returning to the area, threatening water resources in a dry region and raising concerns about the spread of radiation particles.
Only one sure way to restore peace and security to Xolobeni: the government must set its face against mining - and soon.
The department of mineral resources has been left with a R30-billion rehabilitation bill to clean up the damage left by failed mining firms.
The dealings of the self-proclaimed "world’s leading supplier of responsibly sourced coloured gemstones" look decidedly less rosy on the ground.
Efforts to rescue the trapped miners are at a standstill and their relatives feel that more than physical means are necessary to get them out.
The mission to rescue three trapped miners can only continue once geological experts have given the go-ahead.
A tale of three Asian countries and their quest to gain a stake in the natural riches of the continent.
Past experience has shown that the government will continue to permit industry such as mining that destroys water supplies.
Manager Gary Thompson of the "Little Australia" dune mine must go, say staff at the Tormin mineral sands mine near Vredendal on the West Coast.
Zuma's political manoeuvrings have little connection with the national interest and more with his own future and looking after family and friends.
The South American example may show the way on mining freedom within our own economy, writes Adrian Saville.
A due diligence report for their own company reveals illegal activity as recently as last year.
The rout in commodity markets comes on top of major policy and global uncertainties.
Half a century of mining has polluted the water farmers living west of Welkom in the Free State rely on for their cattle and to irrigate their crops.
The Wild Coast community of Xolobeni is vehemently opposed to the proposed open-cast mining of titanium on their traditional land.
Limpopo farmers are feeling powerless as the minerals department greedily consumes agricultural land and with it, the water supply.
Mining companies must move beyond rhetoric and look after the health and safety of workers and residents, writes Khanya Mncwabe.