As ANC supporters trickle into the Tafel-Lager Stadium in Kimberley in the Northern Cape on a hot Saturday morning, the lead-up to President Cyril Ramaphosa's third January 8 statement has so far been overshadowed by Eskom. 

The ANC's annual  January 8 statement is the first big political event of the year for the governing party and sets the policy line for the rest of the year. ..

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