Ambassador Gaspard talks parallels between US and SA, Obama legacy and more...

While South Africa and the United States of America continue to enjoy good relations, US ambassador Patrick Gaspard has exceeded his role far beyond that of any foreign state official.

While focusing his energy on the Mandela Washington Fellows program, raising awareness on HIV/Aids and contributing towards developing the arts, Gaspard has woven himself into South Africa's daily conversations.

702/Cape Talk's Eusebius McKaiser spoke to the long-serving civil servant who performs his ambassadorial duties with awe-inspiring zeal.

He spoke highly of US President Barack Obama, who's milestones include reducing the unemployment rate from 11% to under 5%, boosting automobile industry, and advancing black people's rights.

Listen to the conversation below:

I knew immediately that this was someone who had a way of taking complicated issues and speaking to them in a way that spoke to the aspirational DNA of American politics.

Patrick Gaspard, US ambassador to South Africa

It's hard to disagree with the notion that there's a predatory justice system with regards to black people in America.

Patrick Gaspard, US ambassador to South Africa

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Patrick Gaspard, US ambassador to South Africa
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