This week marks one of the most important moments in the country’s political calendar, with President Cyril Ramaphosa expected to deliver the state of the nation address in parliament on Thursday. This year the president faces the added pressure of presenting his administration’s plan for the nation just a few months before the national elections. He is expected to announce the date on which South Africans will head to the polls during his address. Ramaphosa is also expected to reveal details on the future of Eskom. A presidential task team on Eskom has recommended that the highly indebted utility be split into different entities focused on generation, distribution and transmission. Last week the ANC’s national executive committee agreed that selling Eskom shares could be a feasible option for the struggling company. Public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan said a decision on its future needed to be made in a month. Also in parliament, the portfolio committee on environmental affa...

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