Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
The Chinese are starting to feel the squeeze of their growth in many industrial activities as they struggle to find enough qualified workers. So I don't know if you need to be that worried about SA's 'core industries'.

The thing with clothing is, you don't need your workers to be qualified for the labour-intensive steps in the production process (= the final assembly). I've seen estimates that there are more than a hundred million low-skill Chinese left to be integrated into the labour market. This means that China can continue to compete on labour costs in clothing with the poorest developing countries for another decade or more.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Sat Dec 1st, 2007 at 12:12:45 PM EST
[ Parent ]
There is this French comic book author, Guy Delisle, who is also working in animation production. Ten years ago his animated cartoons were being produced in China, as he wrote Shenzen ; five year later he wrote Pyong Yang.

Even the Chinese can feel the crunch of economics dumping.

Un roi sans divertissement est un homme plein de misères

by linca (antonin POINT lucas AROBASE gmail.com) on Thu Dec 6th, 2007 at 04:23:11 AM EST
[ Parent ]
Pyongyang is amazing. I'm still trying to get it out of my system.

We have met the enemy, and he is us — Pogo
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Dec 6th, 2007 at 05:04:58 AM EST
[ Parent ]


Occasional Series