Violence erupts at Lonmin's Marikana mine sparked by a protest by 3,000 rock-drill operators over wages. It continues over the weekend and into Monday, claiming the lives of at least eight Lonmin workers and two policemen.
Tuesday 14 August
Violence continues, claiming more lives.
Lonmin halts production.
Wednesday 15 August
Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu says she is "gravely concerned" about the violent protests at Marikana after skirting the issue the day before.
Police and striking miners later try to negotiate a truce on a hill near the Lonmin mine where striking miners had gathered.
Lonmin refrains from issuing letters to striking workers warning of dismissals in order to avoid "harming" ongoing negotiations.
Thursday 16 August
Six people are arrested following violent protests at Lonmin's mine.
Police officials order thousands of illegally striking miners to leave Marikana mine or face an assault by security forces. "Today is unfortunately D-day," police spokesman Dennis Adriao says.
Lonmin says it has lost six days or 15 000 ounces of platinum at Marikana and is unlikely to meet its full-year production target of 750 000 ounces despite issuing striking workers with an ultimatum that they return to work by Friday or face dismissal.
Lonmin says it is monitoring the additional pressure which the current disruption to production may put on its bank debt covenants when it is next tested on September 30.
Lonmin says chief executive Ian Farmer is admitted to hospital with a serious illness.
At least 30 people are killed or wounded after police open fire on striking miners.