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Mauritian Muslims: Natal (1874)

Posted by tahirfarrath on March 18, 2010

(History of Muslims in South Africa)

1874 – Arrival of Ismail Kajee and other businessmen (from Gujarat)

Another batch of Gujarati-speaking Muslims arrived in Natal. Amongst them were Ismail Kajee, father of the notable A I Kajee [d 1948, aged 52], who arrived from Mauritius where he was in business, and Cassim Paruk of the present Nu-Shop group of retail business outlets.

After 1875 more experienced “Arab” (moore) traders began to dominate the retail trade and even entered the wholesale business. The statistics show that there were in Durban in:

* 1870 two free Indian stores

* 1875 ten free Indian and one “Arab” stores

* 1880 thirty free Indian and seven “Arab” stores

* 1885 there were as much as 40 “Arab” stores in and around Durban.


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