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Hill House in Pre­to­ria’s leafy Waterk­loof is de­press­ingly empty of the Gas­pards. The out­go­ing US am­bas­sador has a taste for good art and mu­sic, but no sign of these re­main. Only a few for­lorn pieces of of­fi­cial fur­ni­ture still stand. Even their beloved adopted pet goat, Buzi, has moved on to a nearby farm where he now roams free.

It’s two days be­fore Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Day, which marks Patrick Gas­pard’s fi­nal de­par­ture from diplo­macy (for now, at least) and from a coun­try he’s clearly pas­sion­ate about.

The stay in South Africa “has ex­ceeded my ex­pec­ta­tions”, he says.

Sit­ting by a small ta­ble next to the win­dow of the lounge that many nights were abuzz with re­cep­tions, Gas­pard rem­i­nisces about the “very, very hard work” and the “great times” that con­sti­tuted his mis­sion here.

SOUTH AFRICA IS STRONG

PHOTO: TEBOGO LETSIE

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