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African Textile Unions Call For Increased Government Protection Against Illegal Imports From China

Years of illegal textile imports and low-cost replicas from China have decimated Africa's once-thriving textile manufacturing sector and labor unions across the continent are calling on the government to do something about it. At a recent meeting of IndustriAll Global Union ...

Reading the Smoke

As things slowly settle down in South Africa after the last ruinous week, the debates about who’s really to blame are catching fire. It’s now being called an insurrection attempt, and President Ramaphosa has referred to those responsible for fueling the protests as ‘enemies of democracy.’ 

China Malls Looted and Burned in South Africa Riots

China Malls in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province are among the commercial centers being looted and burned in the worsening protests that are ravaging a number of major South African cities. It doesn't appear that the China Malls, like ...

EJF: Chinese Fishing Trawler Captains Bribe and Intimidate Ghanaian Government Observers

The Ghanaian government's efforts to monitor and report illegal fishing activities on trawlers operating under its flag, many owned by Chinese companies, has been critically undermined through intimidation and bribery, according to a damning new report by the London-based non-profit Environmental Justice Foundation.

The Week in Review: Kidnapping in Nigeria, Crime in Kenya and Construction in the Congo

A Swedish pension fund with almost $90 billion under management divested its shares in the Chinese state-owned Power Construction Corporation due to "violations of environmental norms" in Tanzania's Selous Game Reserve. The firm, A7, also dropped Huaneng Power International for expanding its coal power operations. The company ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Chinese Companies’ “Eat Bitter” Management Style Just Doesn’t Work in Africa

Forget debt traps, Huawei ‘back-doors’ and vaccine diplomacy. They might be the disputes that define our current polarized moment. But I’m willing to bet they won’t have the staying power of the one – the original – dispute that has haunted Chinese engagement with Africa since the late 1990s: labor.

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Ghanaian Wife of Deported Chinese Miner Pleads For High Court to Reconsider Its Verdict

The 27-year old wife (photo) of one of the four Chinese miners who was sentenced this week for illegal mining, immigration violations and weapons charges is pleading with the High Court in the southern Ghanaian city of Kumasi to reverse its decision to deport her husband.

China’s Ambassador to Sierra Leone Pays a Visit to the Anti-Corruption HQ, Donates Equipment

Chinese ambassador to Sierra Leone Hu Ziangliang paid a visit on Wednesday to the headquarters of the SL's Anti-Corruption Commission. He met with Commissioner Francis Ben Kaifala and participated in a handover ceremony of computers and other equipment. While many stakeholders ...

Ghanaian Rosewood is Showing Up in China But No One’s Really Sure How It’s Getting There

Ghana's former Lands Minister, Inusah Fuseini, acknowledged that despite the ban on rosewood exports that he imposed when he was in office, large quantities of the precious timber are being smuggled to China, but he just doesn't seem to know how traffickers are getting away with it. ...

Someone Paid a Huge Ransom to Free the Crew of Chinese Fishing Vessel Taken Captive in the Gulf of Guinea

The Nigerian Navy reports that the crew of a pirated Chinese fishing vessel was recently released following the payment of a $300,000 ransom. The crew had spent a month in captivity The 14-member crew, including six Chinese nationals, was kidnapped off the ...

Hundreds of Thousands of Ghanaian Rosewood Logs Were Illegally Smuggled to China While This Man Was Lands Minister, Now he Too is On His Way to China… as Ambassador

During the time that Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh was Ghana's Lands and Natural Resource Minister, an estimated 147,000 kilograms illegally logged rosewood was smuggled out of the country to China. And yet, not one person was ever arrested during Asomah-Cheremeh's tenure as minister. Now, he too is on his way ...
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