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Meet the CityBug: The Newest Chinese-made EV to Go On Sale In South Africa

South Africa lags far behind other middle-income countries in the availability of electric vehicles but Chinese brands like Eleksa are hoping to change with the introduction of new cars like the $15,000 Citybug. The two-door compact seats four and has a ...

Chinese Auto Majors See South Africa as a Key Market to Compete Head-On With Global Rivals

South Africa's intensely competitive car market may provide a glimpse into the future of global automotive trade with Chinese brands successfully competing with rivals from the U.S., Germany, Japan, and South Korea. In fact, SA is one of the only markets in the world where a Chinese ...

Hundreds of Truckers Create Informal Nomad Villages While Waiting for Cargo from Chinese Copper Mines in the DRC

Somidez, the Congolese mining unit of the Chinese mining giant China Nonferrous Mining Corporation (CNMC), posted a series of fascinating photos that show the vibrant impromptu communities that form among truckers from across Africa as they wait for days in line to pick up their hauls of ...

Chinese Contractors Begin Work on One of the DR Congo’s Most Important Roadways

Chinese contractors in the Democratic Republic of the Congo kicked off an upgrade of National Route 1 (RN1), arguably the country's most important highway. It begins in the capital Kinshasa in the far West and snakes 2,000+ kilometers to the southern hub of Lubumbashi. ...

Chinese Trucks, Buses, Cars, SUVs, Vans… Gas Powered, Electric Powered… You Name It, They’re Coming to Africa

Chinese automakers have set their sights on the Africa market and are moving fast to grab market share from legacy players in the combustion engine side of the business and to snag the first-mover advantage on the EV side as well. ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

The Long Arc of Chinese Lending to Africa

The biggest headline from November’s FOCAC meeting was China’s pivot away from infrastructure funding. But like many FOCAC headlines, it needs several asterisks. In the first place, the pivot might actually be away from a particular infrastructure model (massive projects funded with large bilateral Chinese policy bank loans and built by Chinese state-owned enterprises) rather than from infrastructure-building itself.

The larger question is what China is pivoting to. Instead of ...

China, Africa and the Global Race to Source EV Battery Metals

Chinese automakers smashed another monthly record for production and sales of electric vehicles in October. Car companies produced just under 400,000 vehicles last month, up 133% from the same time last year and almost 10% from September, according to new data from the Chinese ...

South African Retail Giant Woolworths Turns to China’s SAIC For New Electrified Delivery Vans

When South African online shoppers get their groceries delivered from the retail giant Woolworths, they'll come in one of the company's new Chinese-made electric-powered delivery vans. Woolworths announced that it will use the Shanghai-based auto major SAIC's Maxus ...

Letter From Nairobi: Chinese Contractors Have Turned the Kenyan Capital Into a Giant Construction Site

Large swathes of the Kenyan capital Nairobi currently feel like one big construction site on account of the ongoing construction of the 27 kilometer Nairobi Expressway that's being built by two of China's largest state-owned construction giants, China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) and Sinohydro. 

New Chinese-Financed and Constructed Airport Opens in Southern Nigeria

The governor of the southern Nigerian state of Anambra officially took delivery on Saturday of a new international airport from the China Railway Beijing Engineering Bureau. The project was also wholly financed by Chinese investors. The project took almost four years, and ...

Why One of the Boldest Experiments in Chinese Infrastructure Financing in Africa May Only Benefit Wealthy Motorists

There's growing excitement in the Kenyan capital that congestion-weary motorists will finally get some relief, now that the 27-kilometer Nairobi Expressway is nearing completion. Years of construction have further snarled the city's already miserable traffic but that's expected to improve once the China Road and Bridge Corporation ...
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