On Wednesday the outgoing US administration called Russia’s bluff and accused it of trying to influence, by crook or by hook, upcoming elections in Europe. It was a warning to the Kremlin, an appeal to Europe to stay united, and a passionate defence of the fact that facts matter. Meanwhile, your frozen correspondent was conducting an interview with the man from KwaZulu-Natal who may determine the fate of our small part of the globe. It was Day Two at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. By STEPHEN GROOTES.