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Survey: Most okay with foreign spaza shops

2012-07-13 17:32

Johannesburg - Most South Africans believe foreigners should be allowed to run their spaza shops in the country, a new survey has revealed.

"Around 44% felt foreigners should be stopped from running spaza shops, compared to 46% saying they should be allowed to stay, with 10% undecided," the researchers said.

The survey was conducted by Pondering Panda among 5 641 adult South African nationals from different demographic groups.

It showed men were more negative towards foreign-owned businesses than women.

"About 48% of men felt that foreign run spazas should be stopped, compared to 40% of women," stated the researchers.

Resentment

People of different age groups held different opinions on the matter, with most older respondents rejecting foreign-owned businesses.

"About 54% of those aged 35 years and older were negatively disposed, compared to 43% of those aged between 18 and 24. Negative perceptions were uniform across racial groups."

Foreign-owned spaza shops were mostly rejected in the Western Cape and North West provinces.

According to the survey, negative feedback was also largely collected from poorer respondents.

Pondering Panda spokesperson Butch Rice said this was probably due to resentment.

"The findings of this survey confirm that we are facing a very real threat of xenophobia," said Rice.

Just this week alone, several spaza shops belonging to foreigners living in the Western Cape were looted and torched.

"Given the relatively high percentage of people opposed to foreigners running spaza shops the violence can be expected to continue, unless the authorities take decisive action," said Rice.

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Comments
  • sadrick.lottering - 2012-07-13 18:03

    Who owns the Wholesalers? Answer: the very same foreigner who owns a retailer and spaza shop. South Africans, ordinary South Africans, do not stand a chance at all. If xenophabia is to be adress start to regulate wholesalers this might see South Africans make profit and maybe the birth healthy competition. As for attacks on foreigners that i do not support. Maybe BMF and BUSA might take a little bit of blame for the attacks on foreign owned business, they are just to quit for my liking.

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-13 18:05

    It makes no difference, soon we going to be like Zim and they going to have to leave. And we will also be strangers in strange country trying to escape the poverty of SA (the new Zim)

  • sadrick.lottering - 2012-07-13 18:05

    Who owns the Wholesalers? Answer: the very same foreigner who owns a retailer and spaza shop. South Africans, ordinary South Africans, do not stand a chance at all. If xenophabia is to be adress start to regulate wholesalers this might see South Africans make profit and maybe the birth healthy competition. As for attacks on foreigners that i do not support. Maybe BMF and BUSA might take a little bit of blame for the attacks on foreign owned business, they are just to quiet for my liking.

  • Jesse Palmer - 2012-07-13 18:11

    Yes they must be allowed, but they must be regulated. Pity our government is so k*k, they can't run anything properly but their cheque accounts.

  • tommo.too - 2012-07-13 18:13

    What is a spaza shop?

      Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-13 19:48

      Its similar to a cafe

  • africanwolf - 2012-07-13 18:58

    Most of them are illegal in SA they do not employ SA citizens they live 10-15 people in one room and send all the money they make to their family overseas no benefit whatsoever to SA economy

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-13 19:04

      Most shack dwellers are legal but are unemployable. Contribute nothing to the economy etc.

      africanwolf - 2012-07-13 19:22

      @gerhard.kress.3 There will be enough employment for everyone in this country, if they stop all cheap imports from China, give proper training to SA people , so we can manufacture our own goods. at the moment we just consume Chinese products, and all jobs go to China.

      Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-13 19:47

      I wish Zuma would break ties with the Chinese

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