Pakistanis in South Africa

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Pakistanis in South Africa
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Fordsburg, Laudium, Grahamstown
Punjabi · Pashto · English. Urdu

Pakistanis in South Africa,[1][needs update] mainly resides in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Gauteng, Durban and Grahamstown.

Many expatriates run spaza shops, or barber shops; and the Johannesburg's Fordsburg is said to be among the best places to find Pakistani food. The influx of people arriving from Pakistan has increased significantly in the last 10 years. Most of them are in grocery, electronics and cell phone businesses. They are also running successful business of imported cars from Japan in Durban.[2] In addition to business, many Pakistanis are working in the field of medicine throughout the country. It has often been speculated that various Indian and Pakistani crime syndicates operate within the country,[3] most of whom tend to be involved in drug smuggling. In February 2010, a crowd of angry rioters protesting unemployment issues burnt tyres and barricaded roads in a northern township in Johannesburg; local media reported that Pakistani shopkeepers were among those whose premises were looted.

The Pakistan South Africa Association is a very effective organisation which represents Pakistanis all over South Africa. It has 16 units which operate its offices from all provinces and has the central executive office in Pretoria.[4]

Pakistanis also owns some shops in Grahamstown.


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