Limpopo locals are standing their ground in their fight to halt a new platinum mine that Platreef wants to establish on their land.
Government officials have begun to review the proposed changes to the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act.
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Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi held shares in a platinum firm while mediating in the recent mineworkers' strike.
Gold producer Sibanye is considering buying embattled platinum mines which have been crippled by a five-month labour dispute.
Ngoako Ramatlhodi's softer stance towards Amcu, in comparison to other government officials, could be the reason for his hasty exit from wage talks.
Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi says "pulling back" from the negotiations may "exercise the minds ... of the negotiators".
The mines minister says a state task team that intervened in Amcu's wage negotiations has "done enough work" for the parties to continue.
Wage talks between Amcu and platinum producers were deadlocked, which has prompted Mining Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi to abandon his mediation role.
SA's new mining minister will sit down with company and union officials in a last-ditch attempt to end the platinum sector's long-running strike.
Government says Monday's talks with Amcu and mining bosses will determine whether it continues with it's intervention in the platinum wage dispute.
Strike talks between government, platinum miners and Amcu are due to resume after reports the mineworkers' union rejected a pay offer by government.
Amcu is considering a government proposal to resolve a five-month platinum strike and will put it to its members this week.
The new mineral resources minister begins his tenure with a difficult task - seeking a solution to the country's longest ever mines strike.
A social grants payment contract has sparked a court battle because it was awarded to foreign firm with a chequered past in South Africa.
ANALYSIS: The prime driver of the ANC's assault on the judiciary inexplicably escaped prosecution.
Four months before its policy conference, the ANC has made it clear that it intends to push for a radical transformation of the judiciary.
Cassel Mathale has taken an indirect swipe at Zuma and Mantashe for attempting to "depoliticise and liquidate" the ANC Youth League at the conference.
The ANC is making inroads into DA strongholds, particularly in the Western Cape, ANC head of elections Ngoako Ramathlodi said on Thursday.