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Cape Town refugees celebrate Africa Day

By Henry Booysen
24 May 2005


Capetonians are gearing up to celebrate Africa Day.

This will happen today and tomorrow between 9am and 5pm at the Company Gardens in Cape Town. Despite the xenophobic attack the event is being organised by the Alliance for Refugees in South Africa (Afrisa).

According to mayoral committee member for Economic, Social Development and Tourism Councillor Simon Grindrod the city is embracing every effort to promote a deeper respect for human rights and greater acceptance of cultural diversity.

“Thousands of highly skilled African professional leave their home countries each year to pursue better prospects in South Africa, many as refugees.” He said

George Pambason director of Afrisa said that Africa Day was launched in 2005 and has created a platform to unite African people.

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