Follow CAP on Social Media

Listen to the CAP Podcast

It’s Business as Usual at South Africa’s Popular China Malls… Except for a Lot More People Wearing Masks

While shoppers in many countries around the world are avoiding Chinese communities, especially “Chinatowns” and restaurants, out of fear of being infected with the deadly coronavirus, that’s not true for South Africa.

The popular China Malls that are common in many South African urban centers are reporting only a small decline in business as many South African consumers brush aside fears of getting sick. “We know about the virus and heard about it on TV, but nowadays there are so many sicknesses around,” said Danie Scheepers from Mpumalanga during a visit this week to the China Plaza in Umbilo.

  • Get a daily email packed with the latest China-Africa news and analysis.
  • Read exclusive insights on the key trends shaping China-Africa relations.
  • Full access to the News Feed that provides daily updates on Chinese engagement in Africa and throughout the Global South.

China, Africa and the Global South... find out what’s happening.

Subscribe today for unlimited access.

What is The China-Africa Project?

Independent

The CAP is passionately independent, non-partisan and does not advocate for any country, company or culture.

News

A carefully curated selection of the day’s most important China-Africa stories. Updated 24 hours a day by human editors. No bots, no algorithms.

Analysis

Diverse, often unconventional insights from scholars, analysts, journalist and a variety of stakeholders in the China-Africa discourse.

Networking

A unique professional network of China-Africa scholars, analysts, journalists and other practioners from around the world.