Freshly re-elected as ANC president, the South African leader will soon announce the make-up of his new government, and it is gradually becoming clearer who will stay and who will go.
Cyril Ramaphosa owes his re-election as leader of the African National Congress (ANC) in large part to Gwede Mantashe. As a reward, Mantashe wants to stay on as energy minister. This puts the South African president in a bind, as coal-loving Mantashe is opposed to his green energy transition plans.
Though Cyril Ramaphosa was re-elected as ANC president on 19 December, he will have little leeway and there are several obstacles to him securing an absolute majority in the next general election.
Implicated in a parliamentary report, the South African president has decided against resigning from office before the ANC's upcoming national party conference. But he is apparently planning to hand over power next year to his party's treasurer general.
The South African leader and president of the African National Congress, who looks likely to be re-elected at the ANC's elective conference in December, has already picked his favoured candidates for the party's top jobs.
At its conference in December, delegates from the ruling party will vote on a range of new national measures. Led by Lindiwe Zulu, the ANC's powerful international relations sub-committee is once again set to impose its will on the executive, with implications for Israel, Russia and Western Sahara.