The South African metropolitan municipality, which is controlled by the Democratic Alliance party, is striving hard to free itself from its dependence on public sector electricity utility Eskom. Two members of the newly elected mayor's team look set to play a particular role in the ongoing battle.
The South African leader and Andre de Ruyter, the boss of the public electricity company Eskom Holdings, are juggling two challenges: finding funds to finance the decarbonisation of the economy while keeping the mining unions, a wellspring of potential ANC voters, on board.
Since he became president in 2018, Cyril Ramaphosa has little by little turned key embassy postings into consolation prizes for former Zuma ministers he wants to keep out of government. This has exasperated career diplomats, who are concerned that top diplomatic posts are going to politicians without experience on the international stage.
The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy is used to making the headlines in the South African press over its management of the country's electricity supply network. It also plays a crucial role, however, in the functioning of South Africa's tentacular mining sector.