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.
Kevin Davie embarks on his quest to find a suitable route using the back roads from Johannesburg to the Cape.
The Anglo American unit which had enjoyed sky-high iron ore prices in the past now faces a decline in profits as the metal price drops.
One of South Africa's most complex mining rights battles has finally been settled by the Constitutional Court.
After a lengthy legal battle, Kumba and ArcelorMittal have finally signed an agreement that will ensure the long-term sustainable supply of iron ore.
A member of the Anglo American group, Kumba Iron Ore, says it needs a new mining permit to access about a third of reserves at its Sishen mine.
Imperial Crown Trading says the appeal court's interpretation of an Act that resulted in Sishen Iron Ore repossessing rights at Sishen mine was wrong.
The Supreme Court of Appeal has ruled that the Sishen Iron Ore Company is the exclusive holder of a converted mining right on Sishen Mine properties.
Fight over Sishen Iron Ore has taken centre stage in case against prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach.
The government may be looking to implement export taxes on iron ore and steel products, it announced in a post Cabinet briefing.
Workers have held Sishen mine hostage with demands far higher than their peers elsewhere. The developments have left the company dumbfounded.
President Jacob Zuma this week announced the first concrete measures aimed at bringing the violent illegal strikes that have flared up under control.
Striking workers at Kumba Iron Ore's Sishen mine have disrupted training of workers, following a postponed bail hearing.
The Kathu Medi-Clinic has confirmed that seven protesters have been admitted with minor injuries after the police's early morning raid at Sishen mine.
The strike at Kumba Iron Ore's mine is coming to a head as workers face the real threat of losing their jobs and eviction from the mine's premises.
Miners at Kumba Iron Ore's Sishen mine have gone on a wildcat strike - a fresh sign of escalating labour unrest in Africa's largest economy.
Prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach is still waiting to hear from the NPA what she has done wrong.
ArcelorMittal SA believes that Sishen Iron Ore Mining Company Limited is obliged to continue supplying iron ore in terms of an existing agreement.