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About a month ago I had a few minutes with Zambia’s president, Hakainde Hichilema. My slot was not long enough to form a lasting impression, though what I came back with was confirmed by a couple of people who had seen him the previous night at a dinner hosted by The Brenthurst Foundation.

It was apparently quite an event, despite the late arrival of the main course, with international relations & co-operation minister Naledi Pandor among the guests. One of them questioned whether Pandor’s department or the Oppenheimer family were driving SA’s foreign policy, in the rest of the continent at least. ..

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