To do business with government, Huawei must have South African staff (Mail & Guardian)

On 11 February, the department of employment and labour announced it had filed court papers against Huawei, which is headquartered in China. The company, the department said, had breached South Africa’s labour and employment laws by filling 90% of its workforce with foreign nationals. A month later, it emerged that the department and Huawei Technologies South Africa reached an out-of-court settlement. The department accepted the company’s employment plan to raise South African representation to more than 50% within three years, according to a joint statement. In terms of the settlement, Huawei will also provide internships and ICT training to South Africans drawn from the department’s database as part of the agreement, which was described by both parties as a “win-win”. Click here to read full article