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21 Feb 2014

Liesl Louw-Vaudran, Mail & Guardian (So. Africa)

SA [So. Africa] leads Africa in anti-Chinese sentiment

China has become accustomed to hearing complaints from Africa about how their businesses are operating on the continent...A new study reveals, however, that perceptions of China in Africa differ from country to country...[Conducted] by...Ethics Institute of South Africa (EthicsSA) [the study reveals]..."[t]here is a perception that Chinese companies do not treat...African staff with respect, do not provide decent working conditions, have little regard for health and safety conditions of their employees and have little regard for basic workers' rights,"...Sven Grimm...of the Centre for Chinese [S]tudies...says one should...make a distinction between state-owned enterprises...and smaller private businesses...Lately the Chinese government has, for example, compelled state-owned companies...to put in place better social responsibility practices, but those are not necessarily followed by small-scale operators...