oa Alternation - Contradictions in the construction of difference and polarization in Chinese/Taiwanese industries in KZN: Isithebe, Ladysmith and Newcastle

Volume 13, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



This paper is a reflection on findings from an early warning systems research on Chinese and Taiwanese investment in three industrial zones of KZN, viz. Isithebe (Ndondakusuka), Ladysmith-Ezakheni and Newcastle-Madadeni/Osizweni. The research was commissioned by Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN), an investment monitoring and aftercare public entity under the KZN provincial Department of Economic Affairs1. This research was undertaken towards the end of 2002-3 as baseline of early warning systems on problems and challenges facing these investments and industries in KZN. This study was undertaken against the backdrop of numerous cases of vagrant breach of occupational health and safety measure that were reported in Bronkhorstspruit and in Newcastle between 2000 and 2002. These cases attracted both national and international news coverage, a specific case in Newcastle was a textile/clothing factory in which the owner used to lock-in women working night shift.

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