It's been five years since the last summit between South Africa and the European Union, and it happened to coincide with a day of high drama in Brussels over Brexit negotiations. Amid all this uncertainty there is hope of finding a more equal partnership.
Jean-Claude Juncker looked relaxed - and perhaps a little relieved to be dealing with a good news story for a few hours - on what might have been one of the more unpleasant days during his tenure so far as President of the European Commission.
Switching from French to English, perhaps so that President Cyril Ramaphosa could understand without the help of an interpreter, he said at a press conference following the summit between South Africa and the European Union on Thursday:
"I don't hope that the next summit between South Africa and the European Union will take another five years. That was a major mistake, I don't know who is responsible...