Law mooted to ban foreigners running businesses in Gauteng townships

- A new law is being proposed which would ban foreign nationals from doing businesses in Gauteng townships

- These businesses would then be reserved for South African citizens or foreign nationals with valid permanent residency

- This is part of an initiative to improve the economy within townships

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A new law being planned will ban foreigners from doing business in Gauteng townships. The only way a foreigner would be able to do business in a Gauteng township is if they get permanent residence from Home Affairs.

The Gauteng government wants to prevent foreign nationals from running businesses in an attempt to jump-start the economies in townships.

Briefly.co.za learned that David Makhura’s policy unit and the Gauteng economic development department have developed a new law which will protect specific economic areas in South African townships. This would allow South African citizens to fill those areas.

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However, the new law would be limited to agriculture, construction, manufacturing, transport, communications and tourism according to IOL.

A foreign national would have to obtain permanent residency if they wish to take part in these sectors. Permanent residency can be granted to foreign nationals who have lived in South Africa for five years with a valid work permit.

The draft bill also reserves a percentage of the government procurement budget for township businesses.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za revealed that a group of South African protesters marched against foreign nationals in Mzansi on Wednesday, 23 September. The group calling themselves Only One South Africa accused foreign nationals of being guilty of crimes such as human trafficking.

The protesters expressed that they want Nigerians and Zimbabweans out of the country. They also blamed foreign nationals of ruining communities in South Africa with the drugs. They are demanding that South Africans must be prioritised on home soil.

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The hashtag #humantraffickingawareness is currently trending at number one on Mzansi's Twitter. Tweeps have taken to the micro-blogging app to accuse foreigners of being behind the increasing number of human trafficking cases in Mzansi.

In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Disturbing footage circulating on social media shows a man claiming to have witnessed the kidnapping of a woman at the Boulders shopping centre in Midrand.

The Gauteng police have clarified what really occurred in Midrand and denied that it was a human trafficking incident. Twitter user @ziyanda_mbusi shared the perpetuating the belief that human trafficking is the sole reason why children and women are being kidnapped.

The man claims that he saw a woman being kidnapped at gunpoint at the shopping centre in front of her child. However, Jacaranda FM reports that police spokesperson Mathapelo Peters has refuted the claims. According to Peters, the incident, which occurred on Tuesday, was an armed robbery.

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