Jevans Nyabiage

Kenyan journalist Jevans Nyabiage is South China Morning Post's first Africa correspondent. Based in Nairobi, Jevans keeps an eye on China-Africa relations and also Chinese investments, ranging from infrastructure to energy and metal, on the continent.

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Could quality problems unravel China’s coronavirus mask diplomacy in Africa?

Kenya’s health minister says some personal protective equipment imported from China fails quality tests.

11 Aug 2020 - 6:43PM

Kenya’s health minister says some personal protective equipment imported from China fails quality tests.

Could quality problems unravel China’s coronavirus mask diplomacy in Africa?
Coronavirus: African nations battle corruption, profiteering linked to PPE, test kits

Investigations under way in Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Uganda, South Africa and Kenya.

9 Aug 2020 - 10:41PM

Investigations under way in Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Uganda, South Africa and Kenya.

Coronavirus: African nations battle corruption, profiteering linked to PPE, test kits
As coronavirus cases mount in Africa, so do fears of overwhelmed hospitals

‘One of the constant and concerning challenges in many African countries is the shortage of kits to test people,’ WHO official says.

7 Aug 2020 - 3:39PM

‘One of the constant and concerning challenges in many African countries is the shortage of kits to test people,’ WHO official says.

As coronavirus cases mount in Africa, so do fears of overwhelmed hospitals
WHO coronavirus team to help South Africa cope with massive health crisis

Dozens of specialists from around the world will advise on strategy to contain Africa’s biggest Covid-19 emergency.

6 Aug 2020 - 10:13PM

Dozens of specialists from around the world will advise on strategy to contain Africa’s biggest Covid-19 emergency.

WHO coronavirus team to help South Africa cope with massive health crisis
US ‘follows China’s path’ in Africa by funding Mozambique liquefied natural gas project

Exim Bank approves US$4.7 billion loan, the US’ largest ever to an African country, but American lending to the continent trails that of China.

2 Aug 2020 - 10:50PM

Exim Bank approves US$4.7 billion loan, the US’ largest ever to an African country, but American lending to the continent trails that of China.

US ‘follows China’s path’ in Africa by funding Mozambique liquefied natural gas project
Coronavirus: African health systems under pressure as cases, death toll soar

Number of infections confirmed in past fortnight 50 per cent higher than in previous two weeks, World Health Organisation says.

1 Aug 2020 - 10:55PM

Number of infections confirmed in past fortnight 50 per cent higher than in previous two weeks, World Health Organisation says.

Coronavirus: African health systems under pressure as cases, death toll soar
Kenya bans alcohol in restaurants amid doubling of Covid-19 cases, fear of ‘aggressive surge among young’

President Uhuru Kenyatta had eased some restrictions to heal the economy but announced new bans and measures after cases accelerated in some areas.

11 Aug 2020 - 7:54PM

President Uhuru Kenyatta had eased some restrictions to heal the economy but announced new bans and measures after cases accelerated in some areas.

Kenya bans alcohol in restaurants amid doubling of Covid-19 cases, fear of ‘aggressive surge among young’
China’s allies at loggerheads over Ethiopia dam – will Beijing intervene?

Ethiopia is filling its Blue Nile reservoir against the wishes of Sudan and Egypt, which fear droughts may occur. Beijing has investments in all three nations.

26 Jul 2020 - 10:56PM

Ethiopia is filling its Blue Nile reservoir against the wishes of Sudan and Egypt, which fear droughts may occur. Beijing has investments in all three nations.

China’s allies at loggerheads over Ethiopia dam – will Beijing intervene?
Over 10,000 health workers in Africa infected with Covid-19 amid lack of PPE and brace for surge in cases

Coronavirus is taking a toll on medical staff across Africa and in turn is putting pressure on vulnerable health systems trying to cope with the pandemic.

24 Jul 2020 - 11:00PM

Coronavirus is taking a toll on medical staff across Africa and in turn is putting pressure on vulnerable health systems trying to cope with the pandemic.

Over 10,000 health workers in Africa infected with Covid-19 amid lack of PPE and brace for surge in cases
China-Africa trade takes big hit from coronavirus in first half

Total volume down by nearly 20 per cent in first six months but ‘better than expected’, Chinese customs says.

17 Jul 2020 - 10:38PM

Total volume down by nearly 20 per cent in first six months but ‘better than expected’, Chinese customs says.

China-Africa trade takes big hit from coronavirus in first half
Coronavirus: after a surge in cases, South Africa becomes Africa’s clear leader in infections

The nation has nearly half the continent’s total confirmed Covid-19 cases and almost a third of its deaths; ‘the storm is upon us,’ South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says.

16 Jul 2020 - 10:15PM

The nation has nearly half the continent’s total confirmed Covid-19 cases and almost a third of its deaths; ‘the storm is upon us,’ South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says.

Coronavirus: after a surge in cases, South Africa becomes Africa’s clear leader in infections
Will an African candidate be China’s choice for WTO chief?

With the trade body brought to a standstill by the US-China trade row, much will depend on whether the nominee can break the deadlock at the trade body, Chinese government adviser says

14 Jul 2020 - 8:00AM

With the trade body brought to a standstill by the US-China trade row, much will depend on whether the nominee can break the deadlock at the trade body, Chinese government adviser says

Will an African candidate be China’s choice for WTO chief?
African nations grounded by coronavirus plan to take flight but must weigh pandemic and economic risks

Several countries are reopening their airspace with the hope that tourism jobs and dollars will follow.

12 Jul 2020 - 11:37PM

Several countries are reopening their airspace with the hope that tourism jobs and dollars will follow.

African nations grounded by coronavirus plan to take flight but must weigh pandemic and economic risks
Human activity raises risk of more pandemics like Covid-19, warns UN report

Trade in wild animals, current farming practices and environmental degradation all raise the risk of diseases jumping from animals to humans, according to study.

6 Jul 2020 - 11:01PM

Trade in wild animals, current farming practices and environmental degradation all raise the risk of diseases jumping from animals to humans, according to study.

Human activity raises risk of more pandemics like Covid-19, warns UN report
Work begins on Nigeria’s China-funded US$2.8 billion gas pipeline

President Muhammadu Buhari says project is dear to the Nigerian people and must succeed at virtual launch via video link.

2 Jul 2020 - 6:00PM

President Muhammadu Buhari says project is dear to the Nigerian people and must succeed at virtual launch via video link.

Work begins on Nigeria’s China-funded US$2.8 billion gas pipeline
South Africa may find the price of healing the economy is a surge in coronavirus cases

Health minister said the country could not sustain lockdown ‘the way it was’, people needed to get back to their jobs.

1 Jul 2020 - 10:38PM

Health minister said the country could not sustain lockdown ‘the way it was’, people needed to get back to their jobs.

South Africa may find the price of healing the economy is a surge in coronavirus cases
Pandemic takes the shine off China’s Belt and Road Initiative as African partners struggle with coronavirus

Projects are hit from both ends as Chinese banks strictly scrutinise potential lenders and African nations are squeezed by Covid-19 and economic constraints.

28 Jun 2020 - 9:46PM

Projects are hit from both ends as Chinese banks strictly scrutinise potential lenders and African nations are squeezed by Covid-19 and economic constraints.

Pandemic takes the shine off China’s Belt and Road Initiative as African partners struggle with coronavirus
DR Congo emerges from longest, deadliest Ebola outbreak but virus struggle is far from over

Outbreak killed 2,287 people but health authorities say fight to contain it resulted in valuable lessons and a licensed vaccine.

26 Jun 2020 - 9:30PM

Outbreak killed 2,287 people but health authorities say fight to contain it resulted in valuable lessons and a licensed vaccine.

DR Congo emerges from longest, deadliest Ebola outbreak but virus struggle is far from over
Coronavirus: Africa ‘at risk of being pushed to the back of the line’ in vaccine development

Lack of clinical trials on continent is ‘concerning’ and it needs to act now to play a role in shaping global agenda, Africa CDC director says

26 Jun 2020 - 11:24AM

Lack of clinical trials on continent is ‘concerning’ and it needs to act now to play a role in shaping global agenda, Africa CDC director says

Coronavirus: Africa ‘at risk of being pushed to the back of the line’ in vaccine development
Contract for Kenya’s China-funded railway ruled ‘illegal’

Court of Appeal finds against US$3.2 billion contract for belt and road project which started operating in 2017.

23 Jun 2020 - 11:02PM

Court of Appeal finds against US$3.2 billion contract for belt and road project which started operating in 2017.

Contract for Kenya’s China-funded railway ruled ‘illegal’
China’s promise of loan write-offs for distressed African nations barely dents a much bigger debt crisis

China’s lending to Africa stood at US$152 billion between 2000 and 2018, much of which went to Belt and Road Initiative projects.

20 Jun 2020 - 6:00AM

China’s lending to Africa stood at US$152 billion between 2000 and 2018, much of which went to Belt and Road Initiative projects.

China’s promise of loan write-offs for distressed African nations barely dents a much bigger debt crisis
China to forgive interest-free loans to Africa that are coming due, Xi Jinping says

Chinese leader, speaking at a pandemic summit, also promises help in building hospitals and sending medical experts to Africa.

18 Jun 2020 - 11:18PM

Chinese leader, speaking at a pandemic summit, also promises help in building hospitals and sending medical experts to Africa.

China to forgive interest-free loans to Africa that are coming due, Xi Jinping says
African nations to look to China for more help at coronavirus summit

Covid-19 death toll in Africa is not as high as in other parts of the world but there are fears hospital admissions may soon outstrip health system capacity.

16 Jun 2020 - 9:03PM

Covid-19 death toll in Africa is not as high as in other parts of the world but there are fears hospital admissions may soon outstrip health system capacity.

African nations to look to China for more help at coronavirus summit
Cape Town becomes South Africa’s coronavirus hotspot

Combination of densely populated townships and popular tourist sites blamed for high number of cases in Western Cape.

13 Jun 2020 - 8:19AM

Combination of densely populated townships and popular tourist sites blamed for high number of cases in Western Cape.

Cape Town becomes South Africa’s coronavirus hotspot
George Floyd protests and sanctions row leave US failing to win friends and influence Africa

US also facing accusations that sanctions compounded the impact of the coronavirus, at a time when it is struggling to match China’s inroads in the continent.

11 Jun 2020 - 2:27AM

US also facing accusations that sanctions compounded the impact of the coronavirus, at a time when it is struggling to match China’s inroads in the continent.

George Floyd protests and sanctions row leave US failing to win friends and influence Africa
The Chinese firms on the front lines of Covid-19 mask diplomacy in Africa

With traditional donors still grappling with the pandemic at home, Chinese companies are filling the void by donating essential protective equipment and test kits.

9 Jun 2020 - 11:00PM

With traditional donors still grappling with the pandemic at home, Chinese companies are filling the void by donating essential protective equipment and test kits.

The Chinese firms on the front lines of Covid-19 mask diplomacy in Africa
Angola seeks to rethink debt deal with China as oil revenue slumps

African nation relies on the resource shipments to repay its debts, but the fuel’s value has fallen sharply during the coronavirus pandemic.

8 Jun 2020 - 2:40PM

African nation relies on the resource shipments to repay its debts, but the fuel’s value has fallen sharply during the coronavirus pandemic.

Angola seeks to rethink debt deal with China as oil revenue slumps
Triple murder exposes tensions for Chinese businesses in Zambia

Three suspects are accused of breaking into a factory and killing three Chinese citizens before setting building on fire.

5 Jun 2020 - 9:00AM

Three suspects are accused of breaking into a factory and killing three Chinese citizens before setting building on fire.

Triple murder exposes tensions for Chinese businesses in Zambia
George Floyd death: African nations urge US to act over ‘ongoing racism against black people’

Protests at embassies as African Union calls for end to US discrimination and Ghana’s president laments ‘bastion of democracy grappling with systemic racism’.

3 Jun 2020 - 11:57PM

Protests at embassies as African Union calls for end to US discrimination and Ghana’s president laments ‘bastion of democracy grappling with systemic racism’.

George Floyd death: African nations urge US to act over ‘ongoing racism against black people’
China finds manufacturing opportunities in low-wage Africa

Belt and Road Initiative leads to ready access from the continent to Europe and the United States.

1 Jun 2020 - 10:41PM

Belt and Road Initiative leads to ready access from the continent to Europe and the United States.

China finds manufacturing opportunities in low-wage Africa