All of a sudden it is hardly more than 10 days to go to the opening of the Brics summit in Sandton on August 22.

The controversial question of whether Russian President Vladimir Putin would come has dominated headlines, but now that has been sorted out attention has turned, belatedly, to the summit itself. There has been a multiplicity of meetings and side summits in preparation for the main event and almost daily briefings by the department of international relations & co-operation on SA’s state of readiness and arrangements for the summit. ..

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