Earlier this week the White House released its first statement on US-SA relations in 2023, affirming an unreserved commitment to strengthen bilateral relations. As one SA news headline put it, “US seeks to bury Lady R hatchet in call between national security advisers as Agoa talks near.” 

Today I write sitting in Washington instead of Johannesburg, as had been the case for most of my time writing for Business Day. I write with the privilege of having a front-row seat to events in both countries and seeing sharply divergent narratives.   ..

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