On 9 February South Africa's president announced the creation of a ministry of electricity to coordinate the fight against the energy crisis that leaves the country without power for hours on end every day. A favourite has emerged to fill the high-risk position.
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.
Ever since the Marikana massacre in the platinum belt in 2012, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has been losing ground to its rival, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU). To secure its future, its new leadership is pushing for a rapprochement and making a conscious effort to steer clear of politics.