FASTER THAN YOU can say mighty mighty, that BRIC house keeps rising as a global powerhouse. In little-noticed news over Christmas, Chinese President Hu Jintao invited South African President Jacob Zuma to meet with BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) leaders in Beijing in 2011. According to Bloomberg, Zuma said that South Africa will be "a good gateway for the BRIC countries. While we may have a small population . . . we speak for Africa as a whole."