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An embattled President Thabo Mbeki today delivers his State of the Nation speech, a far cry from the confident African visionary who addressed parliament for the first time nine years ago.
Following his trouncing by the new ANC president Jacob Zuma in Polokwane last year, Mbeki has become an "emperor without clothes".
His address also comes at a time when the country is facing an energy crisis - believed to have been caused by his government's inept planning.
To assuage those who have lost confidence in his government, Mbeki is expected to highlight the successes achieved under his tutelage.
Such achievements will include the consistent economic growth of between 4 and 5percent under his reign; the fact that investment - as a percentage of the GDP - is at 18,4percent. He will also highlight the fact that last year investment had risen to 21percent of the GDP, the highest since 1991.
Given this buoyancy Mbeki will then argue that the goverment is on track to reduce employment by 25percent by 2014.
On the energy crisis Mbeki is expected to highlight the fact that government, with the assistance of big business, has now come up with a medium and long-term plan to address the energy crunch.
Given this scenario, Mbeki could then argue that there was no reason for panic about the impact the energy crisis would have on foreign investment.
Government spokesman Joel Netshitendzhe has already argued that investors are more interested in whether the government has a "sustainable" solution to the energy crisis. If they are satisfied there is a "long-term view" they will be attracted to South Africa.
Also expected to be included on Mbeki's scorecard will be the government's achievements in providing low-cost housing.
Government records show that between 2004 and 2006 15000 subsidies were approved. These increased to 200000 in 2007. Mbeki is also expected to touch on the issue of crime -- referring to statistics that have shown that last year there was a 7percent decrease in serious crime.
Overall Mbeki is expected to elaborate on the government's plan to improve the country's criminal and justice system overall.