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Lights On: Prospects for Renewable Energy in Southern Africa Amid Pandemic and Debt Distress

By Cecilia Springer and Magalie Masamba A November 2020 report found the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region could achieve full energy access and 53% renewable energy (RE) installed capacity by 2040 with an investment of nearly $53 billion.

China’s Top Diplomat for Sub-Saharan Africa Visits Tanzania

Wu Peng, the Director-General for Sub-Saharan Africa in China's Foreign Ministry, continued his African tour with a visit to Tanzania. He tweeted that he met with Tanzania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation Liberata Mulamula but didn't specify what they discussed. (@WUPENG_MFA) ...

Lightning Round: U.S. Summits, Huawei and Chinese Mining in the DRC

In this Lightning Round edition of the show, CAP Managing Editor Cobus van Staden and CAP Francophone Editor Geraud Neema break down three of the week's big stories. First, Cobus explains why African leaders would ...

Chinese Spox Angrily Responds to U.S. Assertion African Governments Put Sovereignty at Risk When Using Huawei

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian used especially pointed language during Monday's regular press briefing in Beijing to denounce U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman's recent warning to Angola and other African governments not to use equipment made by Huawei.

Chinese Lending to Africa Isn’t Ending, But It Is Changing: Here’s How

The Wire China recently interviewed Deborah Brautigam, one of the world’s leading experts on Chinese lending to Africa. In their wide-ranging conversation, Brautigam referred to a few emerging trends of how Chinese financing is shifting: Deborah Brautigam on ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The G7’s New Infrastructure Initiative Could Strengthen China’s Global South Game: Experts

The G7’s new Partnership for Global Infrastructure Investment (PGII), a $600 billion plan to build infrastructure across the Global South and counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), could have the effect of improving how Chinese companies do business and could end up improving the BRI itself, according to development experts. 

Some acknowledged that the BRI has been controversial for its environmental and debt impacts. But they also pointed out ...

Angola to Set Up Police Station Serving Chinese Community

The Government of Angola will set up a police station to serve the Chinatown district of its capital Luanda, announced José Bamoquina Zuwu, Angola’s Interior Minister. He made the announcement during a rare visit to the Chinese neighborhood.

Angolan Logistics Management Tender Will Increase Chinese Influence

The Angolan government is currently deciding which of two China-linked consortiums will manage a transport link that could significantly speed up shipments of strategic minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo. The corridor includes the Chinese-built 1,344 km Benguela rail line ...

New Trends in Chinese Overseas Development Finance

In less than six years, China's financing of overseas energy projects in the Global South plunged from $35 billion to zero, according to new data released this week from Boston University's Global Development Policy Center. BU's findings mirror a broader pullback ...

Chinese Motorcycle Factory Opens in Angola

A new Chinese motorcycle factory has kicked off in Angola, one of several new automotive ventures in African countries. The Chinese state-owned heave vehicle company Sinotruk announced a new $20 million assembly line in Tanzania, while China's First Automotive Works (FAW) has also started producing trucks in ...

Chinese Businesses Grapple With Violence, Crime in South Africa and Angola

Foreign-owned businesses in the northwestern South African city of Witbank (aka Emalahleni City) have been closed all week in response to street protests against a Chinese-owned supermarket.  On Monday, a family entered the store when the father got into some kind of ...
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