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Tension at Lonmin mine seethed for more than a year amid dire living conditions, union rivalry, and corporate practices.
Strikes for better pay grip platinum firm Amplats as officials seek to stop unrest from turning into nationwide revolt.
More than 1,500 striking workers moving from shaft to shaft at Amplats platinum mine urging others to put down tools.
Thousands of striking workers have refused to return to work, despite threats that some 40,000 jobs are at risk.
Miners asked to return to work Tuesday or face firing but workers, adamant on demands for better pay, continue strike.
Situation "stable but tense" outside mine as striking workers lined up against scores of police backed by helicopters.
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