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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.

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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 ...

Fujianese Rap With a South African House Beat Combine in Vinida Weng’s New Song WAIYA!

Chinese rapper Vinida Weng is generating a lot of buzz among South African music fans for her new track WAIYA!, which incorporates beats inspired by amapiano -- a South African subgenre of house music that emerged in the 2010s. "I ...

Insiders Expect Container Shortage at Chinese Ports Amid Red Sea Crisis

After the Red Sea crisis forced ships to extend their routes around the Cape of Good Hope, industry insiders have expressed their concerns about a possible empty container shortage at Chinese ports after the Chinese New Year holiday. “Equipment shortages are ...

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 ...

DRC Ex-Prez Gets PhD Focusing on China

A PhD dissertation by Joseph Kabila, the former president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has been approved by South Africa’s University of Johannesburg. Kabila was a key architect of the controversial Sicomines deal. His dissertation title is "Geopolitical Turn: USA-China-Russia Rivalry and Implications for ...

South African Chinese Community Complains About Police Harassment

A video of South African police officers hitting someone filming them and forcibly arresting the person has gone viral on Chinese social media in South Africa. The video went viral after being shared online by the prominent journalist and social activist Yusuf ...

China-Africa Relations in 2024: Insights From Six Experts

China's engagement in Africa is at a critical inflection point where many of the various stakeholders in this important relationship are re-evaluating what they want from the other. In this special episode, we speak with ...

The Africa-China 2023 Year in Review

2023 was a transformative year for China’s ties with Africa. Chinese investment, trade, and diplomatic engagement were either flat or declined sharply over the past year, highlighting how this once-vibrant relationship is now entering a new, more austere period.

Huawei is Going to Save Christmas in South Africa!

Chinese telecom giant Huawei wants to save South Africa from celebrating the Christmas holiday in the dark.  The company's end of year marketing push in South Africa is focused on promoting its $3,400 Power-M battery back-up systems that can offset the ...

Sino-French Collaboration on South African Power Plant

Sungrow Power Supply, a Chinese maker of solar components, will partner with EDF Renewables, a French green power company, on a new combined solar and wind power plant in South Africa. Sungrow will supply liquid-cooled power storage facilities for the project, ...

South Africa’s Ruling Party Praises “Great Progress” In Xinjiang

Senior members of South Africa’s African National Congress praised China’s “remarkable achievements” in alleviating poverty in its Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, saying the country is drawing inspiration from China. The officials took part in an event at the Chinese embassy in Pretoria, which ...
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