Cape Town is a coffee shop and lunchroom that is open to the public, tourists and businesses. First and foremost, however, it is a training centre for people with intellectual disabilities and a vessel to create change and acceptance in the South African culture.”
Many have raised concerns about the name of the restaurant, with some calling it “utterly offensive”. Says owner Wendy Vermeulen: “The name was created by parents in the Netherlands who are parents of young adults with Down’s syndrome.
“Before we took it over to South Africa, we talked to a lot of parents at the Down Syndrome Association Western Cape, and they are fine with the name.”
We think they could have chosen a better name, but still respect them for creating these opportunities. – Grethe Koen
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