If SA didn’t have crude oil to export they would be like Somalia. They are not self-sufficient and not a good example of a prosperous country or nation. Russia on the other hand is trying to recoup its losses during the 90s. They’re doing it with the stick more often than the carrot, because they don’t have many carrots left. They need to expand, because othewise “The West” – by which I mean a certain globalist clique – will always be able to strangle them into submission economically, culturally and militarily. I bet you though they won’t be picking any fights with China soon – moral of the story – QED.