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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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