Last week was a bombshell week in the world of US-SA relations. Allegations that SA supplied the Russians with weapons became public through a round of megaphone diplomacy. The rand subsequently tanked, and we are all left wondering what will happen next. 

It is a complex relationship at the best of times. The dids and did-nots of the 1980s remain etched into the minds of those who govern SA today. On the other hand, SA is the biggest beneficiary of the Africa Growth & Opportunities Act (Agoa), the US’s preferential trade programme. An SA delegation recently visited the US, and part of the discussions included the extension of trade benefits.  ..

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