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Ghana’s VP Introduced a New Transit Pass This Week That Isn’t Secure and Sends All of the Data to China

Ghanaian Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia launched a new digital transit pass in Accra on Monday that allows passengers to use a plastic card or their mobile phones to ride city buses. The "Tap and Go" service was designed to improve efficiency and ...

Chinese Nickel Miners in Indonesia Cut Output Amid Price Crash

Chinese-owned nickel mines in Indonesia are poised to cut output by at least 100,000 metric tons this year in a bid to boost prices of the precious metal used to manufacture batteries for electric vehicles. Chinese and other mining companies in Indonesia ...

Chinese, U.S. Weapons Manufacturers Battled It out for Attention at Saudi Defense Show

Chinese weapons companies made a big impression, literally, at last week's World Defense Show held outside of the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh where they took up more floor space than any other country. In all, 36 Chinese companies exhibited a full range ...

Chinese Auto Brands Zoom Past U.S., EU, and Japanese Competitors in South Africa

The latest auto sales data for South Africa reflects the growing prominence of Chinese brands: They are not yet at the top of the table, but they are moving up fast, and more Chinese competitors are rapidly entering the market. In ...

Just Two Chinese Companies Account for More Than 50% of the Global EV Battery Market

Chinese companies remain firmly in control of the global electric vehicle battery market, with two companies accounting for more than half of the industry's entire production last year. Battery giant CATL and EV manufacturer BYD together had 53% of the total ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Misadventures in the Skin Trade

This week I spent a few days in Cape Town, in time for a minor, if telling, crisis in international agricultural trade. A ship crammed with 19,000 (mostly still living) cows was stuck in Cape Town harbor, en route from Brazil to the Middle East.
As South African animal welfare authorities scrambled to inspect the horrors on board, the city was enveloped in a powerful farmyard funk. The entire episode can ...

Chinese EV Giant BYD Launches in Rwanda

BYD, the world's largest electric vehicle manufacturer, is continuing its expansion in Africa when it launches soon in Rwanda. The company made the announcement on X last week but did not provide specific details as to when sales will begin and ...

Frantic Attempts to Rescue Seven Workers Trapped in Chinese Mine in Zambia

Zambian authorities are rushing to pump water and mud from a Chinese-owned mine in time to rescue five Zambian and two Chinese workers trapped underground. The workers were caught by an inrush of water on Monday at the Macrolink mine, about ...

Zambian and Chinese Miners Trapped Underground

Seven miners, including five Zambians and two Chinese nationals, are reportedly stuck in Zambia’s Chinese-owned Macrolink Mine.  The mine is still under construction and hasn’t been commissioned yet. The miners are trapped 235 meters below the surface by rising water. One ...

Chinese Embassy in Namibia Exploits Workers: Activist

China’s embassy in Namibia rejected allegations by a labor activist that Namibian staff are consistently underpaid and exploited. Michael Amushelelo (a leader in the socialist Namibian Economic Freedom Fighters movement) wrote in a Facebook post that the embassy grossly underpays workers, refuses to ...

Chinese Factories in Ethiopia Close as Business Environment Worsens

The IMF is forecasting the Ethiopian economy will grow 6.2% this year, an impressive figure for a country that is digging itself out of a massive debt hole and recovering from the trauma of a two-year civil war. If the government ...
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