Limpopo, South Africa – China deal

It was reported in Noseweek that Ramaphosa personally signed the deal on his visit to China in October 2019.    There was a thought or question, was this recklessness, a measure of the government’s desperation?  As standard practice, the labour to construct and run the multiple power stations and smelters (tax free) will be Chinese. … Continue reading Limpopo, South Africa – China deal

Masks … and … – “made in China”

What a coincidence?   Many companies in China, including underwear and ship makers, have transformed their businesses to cater to the rising demand for masks amid the coronavirus epidemic. Now, a new participant has joined the list: China's leading new energy vehicle manufacturer BYD.   In BYD's Baolong industrial garden in the southern metropolis of Shenzhen, Guangdong… Continue reading Masks … and … – “made in China”

Repatriation of South Africans from Wuhan, Hubei, China

  Cyril Ramaphosa has directed the repatriation of South African citizens from Wuhan city in Hubei province, China. Cabinet has decided on this course of action after due consideration of the circumstances, and following several requests from the families of South Africans in the city.   Daar sal 'n poging van die regering aangewend word om… Continue reading Repatriation of South Africans from Wuhan, Hubei, China

Bat Coronaviruses in China

  As a coronavirus spreads in China and around the world, scientists are scrambling to find out exactly where it came from. Now, a new study provides more clues to the virus' origins, and points to bats as the most likely hosts.   To learn more about the virus' origins, the researchers compared the 2019-nCoV genetic… Continue reading Bat Coronaviruses in China

Report warned of Coronavirus

  A-year-old report had warned China of a potential coronavirus outbreak. In the report, Chinese scientists called for urgent countermeasures to stop such an outbreak. Our Eum Ji-young has more. It turns out a Chinese research team warned the medical world last year of the potential for the outbreak of coronaviruses from bats. * Bat… Continue reading Report warned of Coronavirus

Coronavirus – China (2019-nCoV)

It is reported on 22 January 2020 that the deadly Wuhan coronavirus, officially called 2019-nCoV, has killed 17 people and infected at least 554 others in China as of Wednesday. The US confirmed its first case, a man in his 30s in Washington state who had visited China.    Scientists are still scrambling to fully understand… Continue reading Coronavirus – China (2019-nCoV)