The new mineral resources minister begins his tenure with a difficult task - seeking a solution to the country's longest ever mines strike.
The rand has declined after Pravin Gordhan was replaced as finance minister and new leadership appointed in the mining and energy ministries.
Changes to mineral laws have been pushed through the National Assembly despite fears it will deter investment.
Operations at Harmony Gold's Doornkop mine will halt until the area is declared safe, says mineral resources minister Susan Shabangu.
While the search continues for one miner after the news of the death of eight others, the minister will visit Harmony Gold's Doornkop mine.
SA government has proposed that companies involved in fracking disclose the chemicals used and adhere to American Petroluem Institute standards.
To the upset of anti-fracking groups, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu presented proposed technical regulations that will govern fracking.
Government will take a stake in a new gas and oil venture, but energy companies say it could lead to significant delays in planned investment.
Shell's Karoo fracking plans have catalysed a battle between the government and farmers as well as conservationists like billionaire Johann Rupert.
Minister of Mining Susan Shabangu says she is confident that an agreement can be reached, but analysts have said unions are under pressure to deliver.
Minister Susan Shabangu has spotlighted rivalry between NUM and Amcu, and instructed them to join hands against a common enemy: "monopoly capital".
The mining industry requires long-term commitment to South Africa and should not be viewed as a "quick, money-making scheme", says Susan Shabangu.
The ANC has become bold on policy recently, detailing the mining sectors in which it aims to increase the role of the state.
Industry experts say a strong relationship between the state and the mining industry is needed in South Africa for it to realise its full potential.
The mines minister has told delegates at the mining indaba that the ANC and government are not interested in making mine nationalisation policy.
The state has determined that coal will be declared a strategic mineral, boosting Eskom's efforts to secure a steady supply to run its power stations.
Amplats's shares have fallen over 2% after it announced it had "constructive" consultations with government about the company's restructuring plans.
Anglo American Platinum has asked the CCMA to facilitate discussions with unions about possible retrenchments.
Anglo American Platinum chief executive Chris Griffith and Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu have met to discuss Amplats' restructuring plans.