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CPT losing black professionals

The Cape Chamber of Commerce believes the city is struggling to retain its black professionals.

The Cape Chamber of Commerce believes the city is struggling to retain its black professionals.

CAPE TOWN - The Cape Chamber of Commerce believes the city is struggling to retain its black professionals.

The organisation met with various business owners on Thursday to debate the issue.

The chamber's Viola Manuel says they believe the city struggles to retain these professionals because of what she calls "the uninviting social scene".

"A lot of the people who are coming into the province, come with a very strong skills set, but we're not necessarily finding them in the world of work. The perception of the social culture also plays a role."

Late last year, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille became embroiled in a spat about whether Cape Town was viewed to be more racist than other South African cities.

Musicians Simphiwe Dana and Lindiwe Suttle questioned whether blacks were treated as equal citizens in the Mother City.

Zille was again at the centre of a racial storm several months later when she referred to pupils from the Eastern Cape who moved to her province to attend school as "refugees".