A Cabinet reshuffle and strategic changes are in the pipeline, with the near-complete removal of opposition being the target.
Veteran unionist Senzeni Zokwana has joined Gwede Mantashe's call for leaders in Cosatu's two main factions to solve their differences.
It has been an interesting week at the Farlam commission of inquiry as "underprepared" advocate Dali Mpofu faced NUM president Senzeni Zokwana.
The National Union of Mineworkers' president Senzeni Zokwana says he did not think the people gathering at the koppie in Marikana were criminals.
Amcu's leader Joseph Mathunjwa has done very little talking at the Marikana commission. Yet when the dust settled, he emerged somewhat vindicated.
Violence has become the modus operandi of such strikes in South Africa and Lonmin is no exception, writes Kwanele Sosibo.
With two of the SACP's senior leaders now government ministers, Solly Mapaila will run the communists. These two will be his aides.
Key Cosatu and SACP leaders have surprisingly declined ANC nominations for seats in the National Assembly after this year's general election.
The body of a miner who was crushed by rocks at the Beatrix gold mine at Welkom two weeks ago has not been exhumed, Gold Fields said on Tuesday. "We temporarily suspended the removal of the rocks last week because it was becoming dangerous for the rescue team," said spokesperson Andrew Davidson.
Thousands of mineworkers took to the streets of central Johannesburg on Tuesday, urging industry bosses to beef up safety in South African mines. This year, there have been more than 200 deaths in the mining industry. Major mining companies said they were badly affected by the one-day strike.
The National Union of Mineworkers plans to ask its members to down tools on December 4 to protest against a spate of deaths in the country's mines, the president of the union said. Senzeni Zokwana unveiled the date of the planned action in a speech at a congress of global miners' unions, which started in Thailand on Thursday, a statement said.
Harmony Gold's Elandsrand mine near Carletonville has been shut down for up to six weeks after the mine's main exit was blocked, trapping 3 200 miners underground, the Minerals and Energy Department said on Thursday. About 800 miners remained trapped more than 2,2km underground by 4pm on Thursday.
About 1Â 250 miners remained trapped more than 2,2km underground in Harmony Gold's Elandsrand mine near Carletonville on Thursday after an all-night rescue mission. The mine's general manager, Stan Bierschenk, said the morale of workers still stuck below ground was "fairly brittle".
Racism was still a key issue in South Africa, political party representatives said as they addressed a gathering at Saturday's funeral of the murdered Skielik victims. Congress of South African Trade Unions secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi said alleged killer, Johan Nel (18) had "no regard for human life".
South Africa's security chief on Friday accused rightwingers linked to the former apartheid government of fanning xenophobic violence that has spread to Cape Town, the second largest city and tourist centre. At least 42 people have been killed and thousands driven from their homes in 12 days of attacks.