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China’s COVID Chaos Bites South African Trade

Workers and security personnel wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) guard the entrance to a residential area under lockdown due to Covid-19 coronavirus restrictions in Beijing on November 29, 2022. Noel CELIS / AFP

China’s COVID-related shutdowns and protests are hitting South African businesses. The Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) said the disruptions compounded earlier delays on the SA side. 

“China is responsible for so much of the products we consume. Inputs in our own manufacturing, sale and imports, all of the unrest does make it difficult for companies to operate. They are struggling as it is difficult to get the container ships to South Africa,” says JCCI Vice President Duncan Bonnet.

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