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BRICS-China


To celebrate the Year of the Monkey, many Chinese travel back to see their families in the villages and townships that they come from, leading to gridlock and capacity strain across much of the country’s transit networks. Bad weather this week resulted in widespread delays and thousands of stranded travelers.   Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who just concluded his visit to four African countries, has for three consecutive years chosen Africa as the destination for his first trip abroad each year. This shows the great importance China attaches to the vast African continent. This year's trip took Wang to Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique and Namibia from Jan. 30 to Feb. 6. For 26 consecutive years, Chinese foreign ministers have visited Africa at the beginning of the year.   China’s foreign-exchange reserves shrank to the smallest since 2012, indicating that the central bank sold dollars as the Yuan’s retreat to a five-year low exacerbated depreciation pressure. The world’s largest currency hoard decreased by $99.5 billion in January to $3.23 trillion, according to a People’s Bank of China statement released on Sunday    

City of Joburg on Jozi@Work contractual issues

City of Joburg on Jozi@Work contractual issues

6 January 2017 11:04 AM

Post Office responds to outrage over changes at Joburg International Mail Centre

Post Office responds to outrage over changes at Joburg International Mail Centre

6 January 2017 11:02 AM

Matric maths results are mediocre

Matric maths results are mediocre

5 January 2017 9:29 AM

Group copying allegations ahead of 2017 matric results

Group copying allegations ahead of 2017 matric results

4 January 2017 9:58 AM

ANC not chuffed with Msimanga's visit to Taipei

ANC not chuffed with Msimanga's visit to Taipei

3 January 2017 8:13 AM

The A list

The A list

30 December 2016 10:19 AM

Reflections on sterling IEB matric results

Reflections on sterling IEB matric results

30 December 2016 10:07 AM

Prank calls to Gauteng 10111

Prank calls to Gauteng 10111

30 December 2016 8:21 AM

The state of SA’s water levels

The state of SA’s water levels

29 December 2016 10:29 AM

Bottle2Build tackles SA's shortage of classrooms

Bottle2Build tackles SA's shortage of classrooms

29 December 2016 9:11 AM