STRIKES are expected to continue dominating various sectors this week, with the gold sector among those bracing for industrial action.

Wednesday is set to be the first full day of lost production in the gold sector, as the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said it has served producers with a notice to go on strike from midnight on Tuesday. Unions have said employers are planning a pre-emptive lockout.

President Jacob Zuma is expected to open the 59th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Johannesburg this morning.

The conference is part of efforts to promote parliamentary democracy among the Commonwealth countries.

International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will on Monday visit Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) partner Russia on an official trip. In Moscow, Ms Nkoana-Mashabane and her counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, will sign letters of agreement over the establishment of a Russian trade representative office in South Africa.

Ms Nkoana-Mahsabane will travel to Belarus to meet Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei on Tuesday.

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa will on Tuesday brief the media on a national water policy review and fracking in the Karoo.

Also on Tuesday, Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa will launch Tshwane’s vision for 2055, entitled "remaking the capital".

Sedibeng district executive mayor Mohale Simon Mofokeng will appear before a magistrate for alleged drunk driving on Thursday.

The African Union Commission will launch a website on Tuesday to collect African citizens’ contributions for the Agenda 2063 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Agenda 2063 is described as "an approach to learn from the lessons of the past, build on progress and exploit opportunities to ensure positive socioeconomic transformation within the next 50 years".

TheCongress of South African Trade Unions will on Wednesday hold a seminar on the crises in Egypt and Syria.

Parliament is expected to be quiet this week as MPs will be in recess until September 10.

On Wednesday and Thursday respectively, the portfolio committee on justice and constitutional development will debate the Legal Practice Bill and also conduct interviews for the selection of candidates for commissioners at the South African Human Rights Commission.

The Farlam commission is set to be of interest on Thursday as two witnesses in protective custody testify about the use of which is probing last year’s police shooting at Marikana in Rustenburg into a standoff where police opened fire on striking mineworkers last year in Rustenburg is expected to reconvene on Thursday as two witnesses in protective custody testify about the use of muti ahead of the Marikana killings last year.

Also of interest this week is whether former Gauteng police commissioner Mzwandile Petros will confirm a rumoured move to head the Hawks. It was reported on Sunday that Gen Petros was poised to replace Anwa Dramat as director of the Hawks. The South African Air Force will continue dominating the Seriti commission, which reconvenes on Monday.

The air force’s first witness, Maj-Gen Gerald Malinga, gave a broad overview of the defence force’s constitutional mandate.

The second witness is expected to be Brig-Gen John Bayne, director of combat systems in the air force, who is expected to give details on the air force’s three-tier combat training.

On Friday, Mr Zuma is expected to apply for leave to appeal at the South Gauteng High Court in an attempt to avoid producing the "spy tapes", which are credited with providing a reason for criminal charges against him being dropped.

The Democratic Alliance has embarked on a campaign to gain access to the tapes, saying South Africa needs to be assured that the dropping of charges was not irregular.