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Foreigners ‘to be banned from doing business’ in Gauteng townships

The office of the Gauteng Premier has confirmed that the new ‘Township Bill’, if approved, will limit where foreign nationals can set-up a business.

Township Bill Gauteng Foreigners

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The Gauteng Government has confirmed that it has reached an ‘advanced stage’ in establishing a contentious new law in the province. The Township Bill promises to bar foreign nationals from doing business in the region’s townships – unless they have successfully applied for residency status in South Africa.

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Although this proposal has been rumbling for a few years, it seems that Gauteng’s elected officials are now closer than ever to imposing strict controls on who can trade in areas worst-hit by poverty. Tensions between domestic and foreign business owners have been particularly inflamed in the last 18 months or so.

Premier David Makhura, however, sees this bill as a viable solution to the issues raised. His spokesperson Vuyo Mhaga told Jacaranda FM on Monday that the public consultation process is now open – and the ‘ultimate decision’ will be made after concerned stakeholders have had a chance to share their input.

Foreigners ‘won’t be allowed to do business’ in GP townships

Mhaga also confirmed that the policy itself is ‘at an advanced stage’ in its crafting:

“The Township Bill must look in other areas, are there certain areas that must be reserved solely for the exclusive of South Africans? That bill has been ongoing. The ultimate decision will be through public participation, the residents of Gauteng and ultimately it will come into law.”

“It is not really something new, it is something that emanates from post-2019 elections. It is at an advanced stage in terms of the crafting of the proposal.” 

Vuyo Mhaga, spokesperson for David Makhura, on Gauteng’s Township Bill