China-Africa News: Oxpecker fellowship, China’s empire, Africa’s middling growth, SA-China ICT plan

An opportunity: “African environmental reporting group, the Oxpeckers Center for Investigative Environmental Journalism, is offering an experienced Chinese environmental investigative journalist a three-month reporting Fellowship based in Southern Africa. The 2015 Fellow will work alongside the Oxpeckers core investigative team,… Continue Reading


China-Africa in the news: Zimbabwe-China trade, railways in Tanzania, Transnet trains, South Africa’s clothes manufacturers

TAZARA Railway crossing a bridge near the Zambian-Zimbabwean border. The Chinese-built TAZARA railway connects Zambia to Tanzania's ports. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The relationship between Zimbabwe and China is often held up as a model of the wider China-Africa relations, according to a paper written by Zhang Chun and published by the South African Institute for International Affairs. This is because of… Continue Reading


China-Africa in the news: S Africa’s visa laws, mines and medicine in Congo, ivory, Huawei, Ethiopia’s slow reforms

Chinese Tourists

Two months ago, the Southern African Tourism Services Association (Satsa) said anxiety about South Africa’s new visa regulations was keeping tourists away, especially those from the key markets of China and India. However, those regulations were yet to take effect,… Continue Reading


Xenophobia in South Africa: Implications for Chinese communities

Key leaders from the coalition of faith based organisations, trade unions, NGOs and corporate South Africa speak out against xenophobia during a peoples march in Newtown. (Photo: GCIS)

The majority of South Africa’s Chinese community were not targeted during the xenophobic attacks as they are not directly in economic competition with the communities inciting the violence. The fact that those attacked were largely from the sub-Saharan African group is subsequent to the fact that they directly compete with locals, coupled with a frequently ambiguous legal status. Continue Reading


China-Africa in the news: Loan deals, a damning report, and peacekeepers for S. Sudan

Peacekeeping - UNAMID

The recent visits to China by the Zambia and Uganda Presidents resulted in a number of several deals that will see the Chinese government and companies investing in the two countries. Edward Lungu and Yoweri Museveni were in China for… Continue Reading


China-Africa in the news: South Africa’s visa rules, apples, and more debt concerns


The manager of the Chinese restaurant at the center of a racism row in Nairobi, Kenya, was released on bail this week. Esther Yang is charged with operating the restaurant without a license. She is also accused of working without… Continue Reading


China-Africa in the news: China hosts South Sudan rebels, Chinese firms exporting “tools of torture,” and Shanghai Electric wins $1.2 billion contract in Namibia

SS Rebels

South Sudan rebels travelled to Beijing, China, to meet with Chinese government officials over the conflict in South Sudan. The rebel delegation was in Beijing on the invitation of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, according to China Daily. The China Daily… Continue Reading