India and South Africa share historical ties. There has been Mahatma Gandhi starting his career there, to many Indians who were active participants in the African National Congress (ANC) struggle to abolish apartheid and establish an equitable society for blacks and whites. Two-way trade in 2007-08 between the two countries was at $6.2 billions and in the first six months of the current financial grew by 11 per cent despite the global slowdown. The recent IPL Twenty20 was just another feather in the cap. Brajesh Kumar caught up with the South African High Commissioner in New Delhi HE Francis Moloi to chat about relations between the two countries and other issues. Excerpts:
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