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City of Cape Town and immigrant shop owners meet to resolve tensions

Shop owners, Mohamed Ali Hussein with Abdul Mohamed Ogas, Ahmed Omar, and Abdiriza Ossobie (in green) voicing their concerns during a dialogue with health inspectors from the City of Cape Town. Photo: Tariro Washinyira

  • Human rights organisation, Africa Unite, recently hosted a dialogue between City of Cape Town health inspectors and mostly immigrant business owners in Mitchells Plain.
  • The meeting follows recent conflict between immigrant shop owners and City officials which the organisation believe was “misunderstandings” over health and safety requirements.
  • The inspectors highlighted some compliance issues which included sleeping inside their ceiling, toilets being in a bad condition, lack of ventilation, and keeping pets.
  • But Somali shop owners explained that they are struggling to meet the City’s requirements, mostly because they do not have the necessary documents. This is largely due to failures and delays at…

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