THIS week begins with the resumption of talks to stop a strike in the platinum mining sector. The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) and the three mining companies affected by the strike agreed on Friday to mediation by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration on Monday.

The process is expected to take three days.

The African National Congress (ANC) is due to hold its national list conference in Pretoria on Monday, after holding a national executive committee lekgotla over the weekend.

The conference will elect people to represent the party in Parliament and provincial legislatures after the general elections later this year.

The names of ANC president Jacob Zuma and deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa top the party’s provincial lists. According to reports, members who face criminal charges but appear on candidate lists will not be prevented from representing the party in Parliament or in provincial legislatures.

The ANC Youth League is due to appear before the South Gauteng High Court on Monday to argue against its provisional liquidation.

The Khayelitsha commission of inquiry also continues on Monday. It is looking into the circumstances leading to a breakdown in relations between residents in the Cape Town township and South African Police Service personnel.

Mr Zuma is expected to attend the 22nd African Union heads of state assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, this week until Friday. He will return to South Africa on Saturday.

While food security and agricultural transformation are the themes of this year’s assembly, it is expected to also reflect on the 2063 Agenda, a vision for development on the continent over the next 49 years.

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) will continue holding its political school in Isando, Ekurhuleni, this week. The school started on Sunday and will run until Saturday.

The political school will discuss the prospect of forming an alternative to the tripartite alliance after the Congress of South African Trade Unions’ (Cosatu’s) largest affiliate in membership resolved that it would not support the ANC’s election campaign.

On Wednesday, a series of municipal by-elections will take place in the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape.

Five wards in Idutywa, Eastern Cape, will hold by-elections while the Vredendal and Buffalo City metropolitan areas will each hold one by-election. Political parties are expected to take advantage of the opportunity to campaign for the national elections.

According to reports on Sunday, Independent Electoral Commission employees in KwaZulu-Natal will give the elections body until Friday to address working condition grievances, including unpaid overtime and limited resources. Employees said failure to solve the problems will result in mass action, even if it interrupts the commission’s registration weekend early next month.