At university, I had a very religious friend called Adrian. So we called him Christian Ade — a pun on the name of a prominent charity.

These days I am a bit more aware of many of the nuances, the pros and cons, of international aid, but I could never hope to rival one of SA’s most gifted academics, strategists, analysts, government advisers and think-tankers (or is that tank-thinkers?) — the prolific Greg Mills...

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