During the past month an array of China-focused events have taken place across South Africa. The Centre for Chinese Studies participated in a number of these including co-hosting with the Western Cape Provincial Government’s Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (WESGRO) a Business Seminar focusing on China.
The reaction from the local manufacturing sector toward China is often not positive. South African employers and organized labour fear hollowing out in the face of price competition from China. Whilst recognizing the extent of China’s manufacturing competitiveness, the business seminar served to highlight the market entry strategies employed by businesses that are successfully accessing the Chinese market. These companies included Unilever, Namakwa Sands, the Citrus Growers Association and MCM Wines.