Nando’s, Mugabe & the Chinese take-away

Sipu recently published the latest ad from Nando’s titled “Last Dictator standing” lampooning bob mugabe, if you missed it or haven’t seen it yet here it is , go and have a look, it will help you make sense of this, Wigget’s latest cartoon published today in my local weekend read.

Sipu also posted a comment linking to a Business Day report which stated that Nando’s had been pressured into withdrawing the ad, well they didn’t, I’m pleased to report that I saw it flighted again today, I’ve now probably seen it perhaps 10 times since its launch on Thursday.

Funny enough, all the ads that I’ve seen have had the Chairman Mao (Karaoke bar) scene omitted, perhaps Nando’s Beijing shareholders hold more sway than                                                those up in Harare 😉

Update (Sunday 04Dec. ( pm))

Nando’s have pulled the ad, press release published in my Sunday Times here 😦

Oh! The cartoon, on the next page…

15 thoughts on “Nando’s, Mugabe & the Chinese take-away”

  1. I have been following this; I think your cartoon and the sensitivity towards Chairman Mao may be connected!

    Do you worry about the Chinese investment in Africa, Soutie, or do you think this is a good thing?
    I’m a bit worried about economic matters at the moment; but you may have gathered that from my recent post!

  2. Araminta :

    Do you worry about the Chinese investment in Africa,

    I haven’t actually given it a second thought.

    Who else is there? The Americans and British have recently closed down manufacturing plants here in the East Cape, and like the Eurozone are in no position to stimulate or invest in our economies. India perhaps?

  3. Delighted to read that our news report, which showed part of the ad and said that it had been banned, was inaccurate. 🙂

  4. Araminta, the Chinese as you know are all over Africa and not in a benevolent way. They purchase vast mineral and agricultural rights in exchange for the building of infrastructure, and no doubt, huge bribes. The infrastructure deal is a quite clever in that, the citizens are happy with the Chinese because they can actually see and make use of the new roads that are built by them. And that is a key point, every aspect of the projects makes use of Chinese skills and labour. It is rare to find a single African labourer given any work at all. The Chinese bring in their own workers from China, many of whom are serving prison sentences and thus work as slaves. Huge compounds are built to house them. Just north of Harare, where I was recently, the old polo grounds have been taken over and a quasi fortress has been built for Chinese workers.

    Then there is the fact that the value of the infrastructure projects does not in any way compare with the value of the mineral rights provided in exchange. It is difficult to know how much of this is recognised by the African authorities at the time and how much is concealed from them. But once work begins it become rapidly apparent.

    One of the main attractions to African dictators is that the Chinese do not interfere with internal politics.

    The new president of Zambia won the election on a campaign that attacked Chinese colonialism. They are very unpopular in that country where they have significant control of the copper mines. They do not provide social infrastructure such as schools and hospitals as was the case with western companies and their approach to safety is notorious. Some time ago they fired live rounds on protesting Zambian workers. Likewise they rid the mines of many of the old workers and replaced them with imported Chinese. It will be interesting to see whether he allows them to stay or even makes them change the way they operate.

    I was in Namibia a couple of years ago. A friend of mine, an architect, said that there were a number of huge projects being built. Namibia is rich in a few crucial minerals. It also borders Angola which is hugely underdeveloped but also a big exporter of minerals. Many Angolan and Namibian exports are delivered to Walvis Bay where they are shipped out of Africa. Namibia is a vast country with a population of 2,300,000. 300,000 of those are Chinese.

    Africans will come to regret this ‘Look East’ policy. The Chinese will be far more harsh colonial masters than the Europeans ever were.

  5. Hello Boadicea

    I’m only speculating here but it is possible that our national state owned broadcaster refused to air the ad and therefore ‘banned’ it.

    I don’t watch the national broadcaster ever, my observations are solely from programmes aired by our privately owned satellite service.

    News reports today still say that Nando’s were going to withdraw the ad after receiving threats against it’s staff up in Lu-Lu-Land Zim.

    Threats up there mean considerably more than in the civilized world, usually looting the premises, seriously harming the occupants and perhaps burning down the building, not something to simply ignore or pass off lightly.

  6. A couple of years ago, this Nando’s advert elicited many complaints in Australia, but the appropriate board refused to ban it.

  7. Janus #7 – so why did you delete it, thereby depriving other Charioteers of the excellent comments posted by Bilby and Pseu?

  8. Nando’s have given in to ‘threats’ from Ha-ha-harare and pulled the ad, here’s the press release which appeared in today’s Sunday Times..

  9. Bearsy

    Where I am, flight = broadcast.

    I’ve used a couple of times on this subject (including Sipu’s post) as do Nando’s, I thought it was a universal term 😕

  10. Ah! Many thanks, Soutie. I saw it earlier, and thought it must be a typo or senior’s moment. But when you not only used it again, but posted a Nando’s notice that also used it, I realised that it must be dialect. As a collector of such things, I’m happy now. 😀

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