Chris Erasmus

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The Chinese who call South Africa home, despite the violence and xenophobia

South Africa is facing numerous challenges including unemployment, xenophobia and high levels of violent crime. Despite these problems, Chinese in South Africa remain largely optimistic about the country’s future.

9 Nov 2019 - 10:23PM

South Africa is facing numerous challenges including unemployment, xenophobia and high levels of violent crime. Despite these problems, Chinese in South Africa remain largely optimistic about the country’s future.

The Chinese who call South Africa home, despite the violence and xenophobia
Chinese experts train crime-hardened police of South Africa’s biggest city

The next time a criminal suspect is apprehended by a Johannesburg police officer, it may well be because of a martial arts-style kick to the knees, one of numerous non-lethal techniques taught by Chinese policing and unarmed combat experts.

3 Sep 2019 - 10:29PM

The next time a criminal suspect is apprehended by a Johannesburg police officer, it may well be because of a martial arts-style kick to the knees, one of numerous non-lethal techniques taught by Chinese policing and unarmed combat experts.

Chinese experts train crime-hardened police of South Africa’s biggest city
Fears of serial killer stalking street sleepers put spotlight on South Africa’s violent history

Five homeless men dead in a month, suggesting society’s most vulnerable are being hunted and killed in a spree experts link to colonialism and apartheid.

25 Jun 2019 - 8:50PM

Five homeless men dead in a month, suggesting society’s most vulnerable are being hunted and killed in a spree experts link to colonialism and apartheid.

Fears of serial killer stalking street sleepers put spotlight on South Africa’s violent history
Chinese rail deal under scrutiny in South Africa ‘State Capture’ corruption probe

A blockbuster inquiry into corruption in South Africa is examining a deal with a Chinese train company that blew out to US$3.75 billion, and ‘success fees’ allegedly paid to firms linked to a billionaire family associated with the country’s scandal-plagued ex-president.

9 Jun 2019 - 10:31PM

A blockbuster inquiry into corruption in South Africa is examining a deal with a Chinese train company that blew out to US$3.75 billion, and ‘success fees’ allegedly paid to firms linked to a billionaire family associated with the country’s scandal-plagued ex-president.

Chinese rail deal under scrutiny in South Africa ‘State Capture’ corruption probe
Chinese firm caves in to workers’ demands after five-day underground sit-in at South African gold mine

Breakthrough comes just a day after the mine-owners had dismissed all the workers’ demands out of hand.

24 May 2019 - 2:48AM

Breakthrough comes just a day after the mine-owners had dismissed all the workers’ demands out of hand.

Chinese firm caves in to workers’ demands after five-day underground sit-in at South African gold mine
Dozens of angry workers refuse to emerge from underground mine in South Africa after Chinese owners rescind pay increase offer

At Orkney, in South Africa’s North West province, gold miners are staging a sit-in strike nearly 3km underground against a wage decision made by the troubled mine’s Chinese owners. They have been there since Saturday.

22 May 2019 - 8:21PM

At Orkney, in South Africa’s North West province, gold miners are staging a sit-in strike nearly 3km underground against a wage decision made by the troubled mine’s Chinese owners. They have been there since Saturday.

Dozens of angry workers refuse to emerge from underground mine in South Africa after Chinese owners rescind pay increase offer
How the South Africa election is being shaped by xenophobia and apathy

‘Militant’ party expected to make gains as impoverished voters shun the ANC over a lack of improvement in employment and living standards.

1 May 2019 - 9:40PM

‘Militant’ party expected to make gains as impoverished voters shun the ANC over a lack of improvement in employment and living standards.

How the South Africa election is being shaped by xenophobia and apathy
How China’s belt and road plan is making South Africans study Mandarin

In a bid to continue to strengthen ties with China, the country’s largest trading partner, many South Africans are being taught the subtleties of Chinese language and etiquette.

27 Apr 2019 - 8:02PM

In a bid to continue to strengthen ties with China, the country’s largest trading partner, many South Africans are being taught the subtleties of Chinese language and etiquette.

How China’s belt and road plan is making South Africans study Mandarin
‘Like a dagger in our backs’: racism no longer just black and white as South Africa’s Chinese fight hate speech

A courtroom showdown over “genocidal hate speech”, labelling Chinese people living in South Africa as the “scum of the Earth”, is underway in Johannesburg.

13 Apr 2019 - 10:04PM

A courtroom showdown over “genocidal hate speech”, labelling Chinese people living in South Africa as the “scum of the Earth”, is underway in Johannesburg.

‘Like a dagger in our backs’: racism no longer just black and white as South Africa’s Chinese fight hate speech