Happy endings: Social entrepreneur allowed to return to South Africa

Staff Writer | May 08, 2019
The entry ban on social entrepreneur Wendy Schultz, who runs a coffee shop in Cape Town that provides training and work experience to people with disabilities, has been rescinded.

Dutch citizen Wendy Schultz had been banned from entering South Africa for five years, having left the country earlier this year after her visa expired. The Daily Friend has previously reported on this.

She had tried for two years to obtain the appropriate permissions to remain in South Africa. Her then fiancé – now her husband – is a South African.

Schultz is the driving force behind Brownies and Downies in Long Street. The establishment has had a very positive impact on those it employs – frequently people living with Down Syndrome – and it was feared that without her, it would have to close doors.

The new of the rescinding of her ban was shared live with Schultz on radio. Kieno Kammies, a Cape Talk host, read out a letter from the Department of Home Affairs: “The request for the waiving of the undesirable status has been considered and was successful. The department has therefore decided to remove the restrictions placed upon your name with immediate effect.”

An exultant Schultz described this as ‘the best news’. 


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