Police members are involved in organised crime syndicates which orchestrate illegal mining, says national police commissioner General Bheki Cele.
Anglo Platinum is the standout performer in the September quarter production update from Anglo American, as the group's turnaround under CEO Neville Nicolau continues.
Kumba's output in the third quarter declined by 5% while export sales volumes fell 12%, dragged down by logistical problems.
Global miner Rio Tinto has approved a $3.1bn iron ore expansion, staking a claim to become the world's leading producer and defying industry concerns over a new Australian mining tax.
IFP general secretary Musa Zondi has dismissed reports that "BEE fat cats" will benefit from a R4.5bn mining deal at the expense of local communities in KwaZulu-Natal.
Mining law expert Hulme Scholes believes SA mining companies are not focused on the very real danger of their operations being nationalised.
BHP Billiton says it is running most of its assets at full capacity as suppliers struggle to keep pace with the global appetite of raw materials.
An ANC MP has warned that government will change the constitution if courts do not find in the state's favour in cases over mining rights.
News that global miners Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton have abandoned plans for an iron ore joint venture is unlikely to hit the steel market, analysts say.
BHP BILLITON and Rio Tinto ditched plans to form the world's biggest iron-ore joint venture, in a victory for steel makers and a move that could prompt both miners to step up competing expansion plans.