-Wadeisor Rukato In April 2016, I bore witness to Huawei’s strategy for Africa in action. The invitation for a recruitment event that would be held in a hotel in Central Beijing made its way into the “South African Students in China” and “Africans in Beijing” Wechat groups that I am a member of. The invitation encouraged individuals to send their CV to an HR manager at Huawei, and to indicate what operational area they felt best suited for; “IT engineer, Site design Engineer, Project Manager”. The vibrant, colourful, music playing invitation was impressive; Huawei was actively searching for top African … Continue reading What Huawei Has Done Right in Africa
Part 2: A brief history of international migration from China since the formation of the PRC
In the first post of this three-part series, I wrote about the diverse interactions between China and Africa that I observed during recent trips to Kenya and Zimbabwe. In this post, I provide a brief history of Chinese Migration to African countries since the formation of the People’s Republic of China. The third and final post in this series will focus on providing a typology of Chinese migrants to Africa. Continue reading “Observations on China in Africa: A Three Part Series”
It maybe somewhat difficult to take me seriously when I have a title as exaggerated as “WeChat: changed my life” But I cannot ignore the fact that WeChat is an innovative invention that has–liter-a-aally changed my life.
This post is the first in a three-part series that reflects on Chinese migration to Africa. This is a slight switch up from our usual reflections on our experiences in China. I begin by sharing my experiences of ‘the interaction between China and Africa’ in my recent visits to Nairobi and Harare. The two posts that follow in this series will respectively focus on Chinese migration to Africa from a historical perspective, and a broad typology of Chinese migrants who have moved to the continent. An analysis of China-Africa relations through the complexities of migration brings a much needed human aspect to the forefront of a dynamic that is too often discussed in terms of billions of dollars and signed agreements.
During the just-ended winter vacation, I took a trip to both Nairobi and Harare. When I left South Africa in August 2015, I had not expected that I would visit home or a country in Africa until I had spent at least one year in China. Having just arrived back in Beijing, I am grateful for my travels back because I was able to practically engage with some of the things I had learned about China’s relations with African countries. Continue reading “Observations on China in Africa: A three part series.”