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Posted Friday, September 16, 2011
Chinese condoms too small for South Africans: report
South African court has blocked the government from buying 11 million Chinese
condoms, saying they are too small, a newspaper reported Friday.
The finance ministry had awarded a contract to a firm called Siqamba Medical,
which planned to buy the Phoenurse condoms from China, the Beeld newspaper said.
A rival firm, Sekunjalo Investments Corporation, turned to the High Court in
Pretoria after losing the bid, arguing that their condoms were 20 percent larger
than the Chinese ones.
Judge Sulet Potterill blocked the deal with Siqamba, ruling that the condoms
were too small, made from the wrong material, and were not approved by the World
Health Organisation, the paper said. South Africa has more HIV infections than
any country in the world, with 5.38 million of its 50 million people carrying
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