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WEEK IN REVIEW: A Massive Strike in South Africa Threatens to Cripple the Country’s Logistics Sector, Jeopardizing Vast Amounts of China-Bound Exports

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his State of the Nation (SONA) address at the opening of the parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 10 February 2022. Nic BOTHMA / POOL / AFP

A massive strike is now underway in South Africa that threatens to cripple the country’s logistics sector, jeopardizing vast amounts of China-bound exports including strategic resources like cobalt. 76,000 workers at SA’s state-run port and rail operator walked off the job to demand higher wages. Already one company, Kumba Iron Ore, said that its shipments, most bound for China, are now at risk. (NEWS24)

There are renewed concerns over the safety of Chinese personnel in Nigeria following a weekend attack on a mine in the southern state of Ebonyi. Bandits reportedly stormed the mine on Saturday, disarmed the security personnel, and then killed a Chinese national.No other details of the incident are available so it’s not entirely clear what prompted the assault. (VANGUARD)

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