Connecting Africa to China
South African table grapes steal the show in China
The table grape season has officially begun in China and with that, the South African Table Grape Industry (SATI) has launched a market development campaign in China This is the first of its kind and a new opportunity for South African horticulturalists to showcase their premium grape varieties. SATI... Read more
Green light at end of Covid tunnel
China’s investment in its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has dropped more than 50% since the Covid-19 virus was identified in Wuhan early last year. However, funding into green BRI projects seems set for a significant boost. Chinese investment in its 138 BRI partners dipped 54% from 2019 to... Read more
Huawei rolls out classroom-in-a-truck solution
Shenzen-based tech giant, Huawei, will replicate its mobile, digital classroom, DigiTruck, in five more countries, including France and the Philippines, after the success of its programme in Kenya. The repurposed semi-trailer truck, which was trialled in Kenya, is designed to increase accessibility to digital skills. The DigiTruck Project is... Read more
China offers to help Africa through Covid-19 woes
China has said it will forgive African countries their interest-free loans for the year while it pledged to reinforce its African allies’ medical resources as the continent battles the Covid-19 pandemic. Speaking to attendees at the Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity Against the Covid-19 Pandemic in Beijing on Thursday,... Read more
Zambia branches into solar power with Chinese help
Zambian state-owned power company, Zesco, has announced a partnership with Chinese construction company, PowerChina, to construct three large solar power plants that will add a further 600MW of electricity to the African nation’s grid. The signing of the deal, worth a reported US$548 million, coincides with the news that... Read more
Recovering China to assist Algeria to tackle Covid-19
As the Covid-19 pandemic reaches critical mass in Spain and Italy, across the Mediterranean Sea, Algeria is receiving much-needed assistance from its trade ally, China. The north African nation has recorded over 130 deaths since the pandemic found its way to Algerian shores and has an estimated 1 300... Read more
First Chinese-built skyscraper heralds new capital for Egypt
Chinese state-owned construction giant, China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC), has announced the completion of the first of 20 new skyscrapers that will form part of the skyline of the new administrative capital of Egypt. The massive operation is part of Egypt’s ‘New Administrative Capital’ project announced in 2015. The project... Read more
SA-China breakthrough delivers giant leap for quantum computing
The Huazhang Unversity of Science and Technology (HUST) and Ph.D. students from the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) have collaborated to establish a way to transfer data across fibre-optic networks securely. The breakthrough will benefit both academia and business. The feat, which was previously impossible, was overseen by Wits professor,... Read more
Chinese phone makers take on Google, Africans could benefit
Chinese smartphone manufacturers Huawei, Xiaomi, BBK-owned Opo and Vivo are developing a platform that may see them threaten Google Play’s market monopoly. African apps are likely beneficiaries.   The platform, named the Global Developer Service Alliance (GDSA), was initially marked for release in March but has been held off... Read more
Chinese construction giants to build Africa’s largest wind farm
Sany Heavy Industries, China’s largest industrial equipment manufacturer, has partnered with the regional government of Singida, Tanzania, to construct Africa’s largest wind farm. The company is a newcomer to turbine manufacturing, beginning operations in 2010, but is already China’s fourth largest exporter of turbine units. Sany produces turbine units... Read more