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Published 1st July 2012

Vol 5 (AAC) No 9


South Africa

South Africa looks east

Rogan Ward/AMO / Panos
Rogan Ward/AMO / Panos

Image courtesy of Panos Pictures

Lethargy in US and European markets has pushed the ANC government to fast-track deeper ties with Asia, but not everyone is convinced that it will work

European officials expressed anger in early June about the governing African National Congress’s new strategy to sideline South Africa’s traditional trading allies and forge closer ties with India and China. ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe announced in late May that South Africa would not focus on trade with Europe but on stronger economic and diplomatic ties with the BRICS group – Brazil, Russia, India and China. The move is running into strong headwinds because of differences over and opposition to the policy inside and outside the ANC’s Tripartite Alliance (ANC, Congress of South African Trade Unions – Cosatu – and South African Communist Party).


Parting gifts

As new national elections loom, both parties in Zimbabwe’s coalition government are building stronger ties with Beijing

China’s new Ambassador Lin Lin takes up his post in Harare this month. Ambassador Lin follows the outgoing Xin Shunkang, who completed a highly successful two-and-a-half-year tour ...


President Sall’s priorities

Macky Sall is auditing the government of his predecessor and choosing which of his projects the new government will pursue

Macky Sall will celebrate his first 100 days in office in July. The new President is making discrete changes to relations with Asian countries established under his predecessor, Ab...


This land is not your land

An agribusiness company’s projects across the country are facing opposition from local people and civil society groups

Singapore’s Olam is riding a new wave of opposition to its industrial agriculture and fertiliser projects. Criticism of state-backed projects from inside the governing Parti Démocr...


Miner’s missing millions

Prime Minister Jean-Omer Beriziky says that Chinese investors are angry about the treatment they have received from the government. Wuhan Iron and Steel Corporation executives voci...


A matter of private equity

Africa’s top private equity firms are in talks with their Chinese counterparts to channel a new wave of investment into African companies. On 16 June, Vincent Le Guennou, Chief Ex...


Bélinga back on the table

The Gabonese government reconfirmed in early June that it is open to discussions with all interested parties on the development of the Bélinga iron ore mine that was initially awa...


Hang up and call later

On 6 June, Algeria’s courts ruled that Chinese telecoms companies Huawei and ZTE are banned from participating in public tenders due to their inappropriate relationship with a form...



Pointers

Mohammed Mursi

President, Egypt

Too pragmatic for the Salafists, too conservative for secularists, Mohammed Mursi will walk a thin line after winning the presidency on 24 June.


Cai Fuchao

Director, SARFT, China

In late June, Mozambique was the first stop on Cai Fuchao’s three-nation tour that also took in South Africa and Zimbabwe.


Moncef Marzouki

President, Tunisia

On 31 May, Tunisia hosted the fifth China-Arab Cooperation Forum in Hammamet. For China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, it was the first such meeting since the Arab Spring swept th...