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Chinese investment in Ethiopia continues despite COVID-19

The Addis Ababa Light Rail, the first light rail system in sub-Saharan Africa, built with Chinese assistance. Wikimedia Commons.

Chinese investment in Ethiopia has continued unabated even during the COVID-19 pandemic, thereby further dispelling the skepticism in some quarters about Chinese engagement with Africa, writes Messay M Tefera. Read more


The Hon. Dr Naledi Pandor

Minister to address virtual CACS summit

On Saturday 30 May 2020, the Institute of Foreign Affairs and CACS, in collaboration with the UJ Library, will host a virtual summit on ‘South African Foreign Policy Amid COVID-19: National and Continental Priorities’. The keynote speaker will be the Hon. Dr Naledi Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation. The summit will be broadcast live on SABC News on DSTV Channel 404, SABC Online, and the SABC YouTube channel. Read more

Zoom seminars

People-to-People relations in the time of Covid-19 - Africa and China

On 20 May 2020, CACS hosted a virtual seminar on people-to-people relations in the time of COVID-19 with a specific focus on Africa and China. Cases of alleged racial discrimination in China against people of colour made the seminar a necessary and timely initiative. About 80 people, some from as far afield as Nigeria,
China, France and the United Kingdom, joined the seminar online. Read more >>

The intellectual legacy and work
of Thandika Mkandawire

ZOOM seminar, in collaboration with the UJ LIbrary, 29 April 2020. Speakers: Prof Gilbert Khadiagala and Dr Ibbo Mandaza. Chair: Elinor Sisulu.

How is COVID-19 affecting Africa?

ZOOM seminar, in collaboration with with the UJ LIbrary, 16 April 2020. Speakers: Hannah Ryder, CEO, Development Reimagined; Admassu Tadesse, President and CEO, Trade and Development Bank. Chair: Prof Saurabh Sinha.


Martin Jacques on China
and Africa

Prof Martin Jacques, author of the global best-seller When China Rules the World: the End of the Western World and the Birth of a New Global Order, reflects on economic changes within China and what they mean for its relationship with African countries.

Hannah Ryder on China and Africa

Hannah Ryder, CEO of Development Reimagined, reflects on future relations between China and Africa.

Occasional Papers

CACS Occasional Paper No 9

‘Catching Up After Half a Millennium’:Jeffrey Sachs on the Chinese Development Model. Bhaso Ndzendze, April 2020. Read more

CACS Occasional Paper No 8

Towards Solarium II: The US-China Trade War, and US Options for Countering the Rise of China. Charles Matseke, March 2020. Read more

CACS Occasional Paper No 7

The domestic origins and global implications of China’s reform and opening up. Dr Zhu Ming, October 2019. Read more

CACS Occasional Paper No 6

Sino-Ethiopian Trade and Investment Relations: Actors, Determinants and Trends. Dr Messay Mulugeta, September 2018. Read more

CACS Occasional Paper No 5

Sino-South African Relations after Twenty: Key Lessons. Dr David Monyae and Gibson Banda. January 2018.  Read more

CACS Occasional Paper No 4

Implications of the US-led War on Terror for Africa-China relations. Bhaso Ndzendze. October 2017. Read more

CACS Occasional Paper No 3

The Relevance of Ubuntu for African Development and International Relations in the Global Future: Comments on Muxe Nkondo. Professor Peter O Ndege. September 2017. Read more

CACS Occasional Paper No 2

Ubuntu as Public Policy: Challenges and Opportunities. Professor Muxe Nkondo. Read more

Policy Briefs

CACS Policy Brief No 7

Africa-China Industrial and Infrastructural Cooperation: Recommendations. November 2019. Read more

CACS Policy Brief No 6

The 2018 FOCAC Summit: Prospects for an African Multilateral Policy towards China in a Changing Global Economy. Bongane Gasela, October 2018. Read more

CACS Policy Brief No 5

Sino-Kenyan Co-operation: Whither the West? Dr Westen K Shilaho, March 2018. Read more

CACS Policy Brief No 4

Sino-African Relations in 2017: Where to from here? Dr David Monyae and Bhaso Ndzendze. January 2018. Read more

CACS Policy Brief No 3

The US, Russia, China and Africa in the Evolving Global Order. Dr David Monyae. November 2017. Read more

CACS Policy Brief No 2

The BRICS Model of South-South Cooperation. Swaran Singh, August 2017. Read more

CACS Policy Brief No 1

BRICS Studies: Some Suggested Themes. Chris Landsberg, Francis A. Kornegay Jr and Mzukisi Qobo. July 2017. Read more