Ghanaians: “Asante Sana” to S.A

2018-03-15 06:00
Ghanaians across Cape Town townships held a day of celebration as their mother land just notched 61 years of independence. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Ghanaians across Cape Town townships held a day of celebration as their mother land just notched 61 years of independence. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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Ghanaian expats in Cape Town townships recently celebrated their nation’s 61 years of independence by hosting a fun day in Khayelitsha.

On Tuesday, more than 300 Gold Coast natives spent the day playing soccer, tug of war, dancing and singing at the open field behind the Khayelitsha Magistrate Court.

According to Ghanaians Community in Cape Town chairman, Rapheal Mifetu, the event was to celebrate their country despite being miles away.

“Today we have invited every Ghanaian that lives in the townships of Cape Town and surrounds to come to have fun and celebrate with us.

You must remember that Ghana is the first African country to gain independence from colonization and since then we have achieved a lot,” said Mifetu.

He said that their achievements include not falling into dictatorship, low crime rates and the ability for the citizens to explore the world.

“We have a strong democracy, there is security in the country and we are free as citizens. We also have a freedom of speech,” he said.

He said that despite the challenges they face in South Africa, they are quite happy to be welcomed by some members of the community.

“Of course, homophobia is a problem with some refusing to welcome us into the country ... The crime and the attacks, but we are happy that some have been hospitable to us,” he said.

Mifetu said that they are working hard to make sure that local as well as homeland media show that they are part of the community and also want to dispel myths about them.

“People always say that we are here to steal jobs but in reality we create work opportunities for locals because 90% of us are business owners.

I, for example, rent out shipping containers for locals to house their businesses such as barbershops fisheries and tyre repair shops. I also have a Bed and Breakfast business in Mfuleni, where three people are employed so I am directly creating employment,” he said. Koffie Anokye said they will continue contributing positively.

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