Somali women home in on SA’s property market

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Somali women home in on SA’s property market

It is a risk in legal terms, but these enterprising refugees think it is worth it

Kim Harrisberg

In the hallway of a large, brick-face block of flats in Johannesburg, Halima Jawahir greets her tenants, a group of six Somali women drying their henna-painted hands in the sunlight streaming through the windows.

After fleeing ongoing civil war in her native Somalia in 2016, Jawahir is now reinventing herself as a property mogul in Joburg’s suburb of Mayfair.

She rents an entire building of more than 100 flats from a South African landlord, before subdividing them into rooms, and subletting them to other mainly Somali and Ethiopian refugees...

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