Payin­git­for­ward

Chi­nese as­so­ci­a­tions in Le­sotho work on the ground to up­lift the com­mu­ni­ties in which they op­er­ate

ChinAfrica - - Africa Report - By Her­bert Moyo & Ngoni Mu­zofa

CHINA’S role as a devel­op­ment part­ner to African coun­tries is in­creas­ing, with the Asian gi­ant’s im­print on the con­ti­nent dis­cernible from Cape Town in South Africa to Cairo in Egypt.

Over the years, Chi­nese com­pa­nies have em­barked on mas­sive in­fra­struc­ture projects to kick­start Africa’s eco­nomic ad­vance­ment such as the $4-bil­lion Mom­basa-nairobi Stan­dard Gauge Rail­way in Kenya and the 1,344-km-long Lo­bito-luau rail­road in An­gola.

Less cel­e­brated, how­ever, is the role of Chi­nese com­mu­ni­ties and busi­nesses on the con­ti­nent in up­lift­ing the so­ci­eties they live in be­yond just pro­vid­ing ex­per­tise and em­ploy­ment. As co­op­er­a­tion be­tween

A Chi­nese med­i­cal team mem­ber con­sults with a Le­sotho fam­ily

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