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Friday, October 11, 2013
Chinese add to SA’s diversity – Jacob Zuma
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11 October 2013 14:18
The Chinese community adds to the rich diversity that makes South Africa unique, President Jacob Zuma has said.
“We are also pleased to have the Chinese community in our country, given the strong and long-standing relations between South Africa and the People’s Republic of China,” Zuma said today a speech prepared for delivery at the opening of the Chinese Arch in Cyrildene, Johannesburg.
The arch’s opening was an opportunity to reflect on relations between the two countries, which counted among the strongest bilateral links South Africa had with any country, he said.
“The two countries also belong to the Brics [Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa] grouping, which has changed the economic landscape by introducing a significant new power bloc in world economic relations.”
More importantly, the relationship between South Africa and China was grounded in the consistent support the African National Congress had received during apartheid.
The relationship between the two countries had grown exponentially in breadth and depth at all levels since the establishment of diplomatic links.
“Also, over the past 20 years, the Chinese population of South Africa has also increased dramatically, and so has your contribution to the South African economy,” Zuma said.
“It is against this background that we meet here with great joy to open this arch, which is a symbol of the presence, diligence and importance of our Chinese community to the building of this country.”
The growth in tourism between the two countries was also encouraging, with China South Africa’s fourth biggest tourism market, attracting 122 482 tourists between January and November 2012.
This represented growth of 58.3% compared to the same period in 2011.
“We want to continue building on this relationship and on the potential that our relationship with China brings at a bilateral level and also within the Brics forum,” Zuma said.
“The Chinese community in South Africa is thus an important link and catalyst for some of our interactions with China.”
Over the next few months, South Africa and China would convene two important meetings in Beijing to strengthen and consolidate their relationship, he said.
Many Joburgers swear that you can eat better here than any other place in town. Ilse Salzwedel took to the streets of New Chinatown to explore a world of flavours and culture.
About 13 years ago this street in Johannesburg’s Cyrildene was a Jewish area.
Today, it’s still a colourful hub of culture, just Chinese. Ginseng sweets, green tea and ‘no smoking’ signs in Mandarin set the tone.
In contrast to the Chinese shops scattered around Langlaagte and Fordsburg, New Chinatown’s shops can be found between butcheries, hair salons, the head office of a Chinese charity organisation and even a Chinese library.
Derrick Avenue, a stone’s throw from Bruma Lake and Eastgate, is actually more of a Chinese community than just a shopping street. Most of the street signs are in Mandarin – English is optional around here.
Chatting to shop owners rarely bears fruit.
There are two reactions: friendly incomprehension or a less-friendly glare. Sometimes, South African shop assistants may be able to explain what’s in a tin or tube.
An overwhelming fragrance, emanating from plastic containers, wafts through a shop selling medicinal herbs. Next to the herbs, strange black things seem to squirm in their jars.
They are not alive, even though it looks like they might be.
My friend decides they’re dried snakes, but the shop assistant assures us it’s nothing more than dried seaweed.
Things are done the traditional way around here, and this seems to include many whole fowl – cooked and hanging by their necks in butchery windows.
And by whole I mean complete with beak and webbed feet. (Have you ever seen the grimace on a dead duck?)
I brave entering a butchery.
Not a chop or piece of boerewors in sight.
The man at the counter gestures ‘you no eat?’ when I asked about the round, dark red packages.
‘Duck blood – good for bad stomach’.
There is a world of seafood displayed fresh on ice – slap bang in the middle of the pavement.
I see frozen mini octopuses, but I don’t ask about the rest. I don’t really want to know and I don’t recognise anything.
We spot a notice board advertising ‘fried ice cream’ – something we could definitely enjoy.
We enter, only to find the owner plucking away at a dead bird.
Not even the bow-tie pastries at the corridor-sized bakery next door can whet my vanished appetite.
Shades of green fill the fruit and veg area, and the whole space smells fresh and earthy.
I could spend the entire morning between the Chinese cabbages, white radishes and herbs.
There are some interesting plants I know nothing about; one looks like a cross between spinach and a flower.
Nobody seems to know their Western names.
At one stall, an eager lady tries to explain which of these plants would make my mouth burn and which not (alas, it’s still a mystery to me).
A Chinese arch structure is being built above the entrance to the market.
A couple of men evidently involved in its construction rush towards me.
I ask about the symbolism of the tigers, dragons and other Chinese decorations.
Their faces close off and Martin Ho is chosen to speak to me.
He’s lived here for ‘many years’ and speaks near-perfect English.
He tells me the concrete figures are used on arches at the entrance of every Chinatown in the world.
If I could speak Mandarin I might have stopped by the feng shui expert.
As it is, the visit delivers some hilarious ‘lost in translation’ moments.
On a lift, a warning sign exclaims that ‘Public the elevator please take care of, be careful to use if damage compensation ad volorem.’
Squashed between a rice dealer and a shop that sells ‘Luck Bamboo’ (and nothing else), I am drawn by the porcelain in a window display. I go inside.
Old paintings creak between Chinese appliances and illegal diet pills.
In one corner is an impressive wine collection, including a magnum of Simonsvlei Cellar Master’s Choice, signed by said cellar master and on sale for R10 000.
The shopkeeper also collects framed pictures. There is one of President Jacob Zuma with Chinese dignitaries, and another of President Zuma alone on a podium in front of an ANC flag.
There is a picture of Nathi Mthethwa, Minister of Police, surrounded by laughing Chinese businessmen, and on the opposite wall hang two large portraits of Chairman Mao.
Chinatown…if you’re on the lookout for the unexpected, you’ll find it here!