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Counting the Cost of Implementing South Africa’s Migration Policy

On 30 November 2011 Isaac* woke up in his rented room in Kwanokuthula and prepared for his day. He washed, dressed and collected together his crafting tools and materials for making wire ornaments. He put them in his bag and caught the minibus taxi to the crafters’ stall in the tourist town of Plettenberg Bay on the south eastern coast of South Africa. His business had picked up slightly since the winter lull and he had brought along additional stock in anticipation of the holiday crowds. When he climbed out of the taxi a South African Police Service (SAPS) officer asked for his papers.

Call for Foreign-Owned Business to Close

Illegal foreigners owning shops in Ekurhuleni have until have until 12 December 2012 to close shop or face the wrath of local business people.

At a meeting held in Katlehong this week, members of the Ekurhuleni Business and Enterprise Forum warned that they would force out anyone found to be an illegal shop owner in the area.

The Forum, which says that its previous efforts to get the government to intervene have been have been unsuccessful, argues that its concern is about the ‘uncontrolled mushrooming of illegally run, foreign-owned businesses’.

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