There’s been no shortage of  articles about Brics on these pages, but now that we’ve had our fun and hosted the summit without too much drama — or too much damage to our international reputation — perhaps another thought or two. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa made a speech on the eve of the summit in which he ticked every possible policy box, plus some extras. Along the way he mentioned that SA’s foreign policy aimed to serve its national interest. So the question as we send the last delegation on its way today is whether SA’s national interest has indeed been served — and whether we achieve anything by being inside Brics that we could not achieve outside it. ..

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