Chinese business creating jobs and boosting trade in South Africa

16:44, September 19, 2010      

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It was a blistering Saturday mid-day and everyone at China City Mall in downtown Johannesburg was at position of production.

John Chimbaira, 28, was busy revising his fork-lifter up and down loading commodities. Casper Magena, 30, a security guard at the main entrance, was busy opening the gates for the in and out going vehicles and pedestrians. Across the road was a group of men and women each awaiting optimistically to get job. They were confident that one or two was going to be employed by the end of the day. Along the street was a fleet of private taxis some dropping customers, some ranking waiting for customers from the mall carrying big plastic bags known in South Africa as "China bags" because they carry large quantities.

The China City Mall, run by the Chinese has created booming business for taxis owners and employment for hundreds job seekers in Johannesburg and other parts of South Africa. Among those marketing jobs, anyone who is not luck for that day will be at the same spot tomorrow morning hoping for the best. One can spend one or two weeks coming everyday without getting a job. Some will give- up and try going to construction sites around Johannesburg. But a father of one Wiriranai Mutogi, 25, from Zimbabwe will never abdicate. "

China Malls are better source of marketing for a job these days. They are very busy and require a lot of labor everyday", Wiriranai who used to get part time jobs at the mall told Xinhua."You might not get it today but you can't spend long time". "Like them or not they are creating jobs for many people in South Africa these days", another man among the group said. Many job seekers mainly foreigners who used to look for jobs in farms and as house maids are now turning to Chinese business especially in China Malls around Johannesburg. And because of scarcity of employment South Africans who in the past used to shun working for Chinese and looking for jobs that involves carrying heavy loads or being shop assistance are also taking china mall as green pastures. "I come here because there is hope.

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