President Cyril Ramaphosa will not be attending this year's World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos, Switzerland nor the UK-Africa Investment Summit so that he can focus on pressing issues at home.
The annual gathering of financiers, business leaders and top government officials from around the world, held in Switzerland, will run between 21 and 24 January.
“The president has taken this decision to give attention to pressing domestic priorities and preparations for the governing party [NEC meeting] and cabinet lekgotla,” presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko said on Thursday.
He will also skip the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London on Monday 20 January 2020.
Ramaphosa's decision not attend the international events comes as the crisis at the power utility deepens. He was criticised in December 2019 for going on a two-day trip to Egypt while the country was experiencing rolling blackouts.
Diko said Ramaphosa was also busy with preparations for SA's assumption of the chairmanship of the African Union at the summit to be held in February.
“SA will be represented in Davos and London by senior government and civil society representatives led by minister of finance Tito Mboweni and Minister of international relations and co-operation Dr Naledi Pandor, respectively,” she said.