Gwede Mantashe, South Africa's powerful minister of mines and energy, is reluctant to divulge the ownership of mining permits, one of the key principles of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. With Senegalese President Macky Sall's help, EITI hopes to convince Ramaphosa to attend June's global GA in Dakar and join the initiative.
A complaint is to be lodged with the Constitutional Court to force the South African government to bring an end to the country's endemic power cuts. The lawyer behind the offensive is Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, who has got opposition politicians to back him.
Following his re-election as head of South Africa's ruling African National Congress, President Cyril Ramaphosa wants to bring his internal opposition into line. He accuses it of destabilising the state electricity company Eskom, which has been plagued by sabotage.
Eskom CEO André de Ruyter has thrown in the towel. In the coming months, the South African state-owned power utility may have to deal with other top-level resignations, the publication of a dismal business activity report, and the headache of finding a new boss.
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa is looking to win re-election as head of the ANC. He plans to change his ministerial team before the return of parliament in February but is waiting first to see what will be the balance of power in the party following its upcoming conference.
South Africa's head of state supports the development of renewable energy, yet the energy minister opposes it and is promoting the benefits of coal. Caught in the crossfire of this political struggle is Eskom's CEO, Andre de Ruyter, who has come up with a recovery plan to save the ailing company.
The third instalment of the explosive Zondo report calls for ANC chairperson Gwede Mantashe to be prosecuted. The timing is unfortunate for Cyril Ramaphosa, who cannot afford to ditch his precious ally before the party's key congress in December.