A coffee shop with a difference

A coffee shop with a difference opened its doors in Claremont.

It’s called I Love Coffee, and it’s South Africa’s first deaf-run coffee shop.

Pippa was joined by Gary Hopkins, as well as barista, Thembe and his sign translator, Lesego.

Hopkins says he spoke to DEAFSA, the council for the deaf, to find out what the challenges of the deaf community were, and he says the idea of a coffee shop developed from there.

Deafness affects 5% of the population, says Hopkins.

A lot of them are facing huge levels of unemployment. And that's the biggest problem

Gary Hopkins, social entrepreneur

He says the hearing community has overlooked the deaf community for a long time. He wants to help right this.

One of the shop's aims is to break down communication barriers between the hearing and the deaf.

The coffee shop is located in the X Body Fitness gym in Draper Street, Claremont.

Customers have embraced being served by the deaf staff.

Deaf barista Themba spoke to Pippa Hudson with the help of his interpreter Lesego.

People can see that deaf people can work anyway, not just making coffee

Themba, barista

Listen to the conversation below:


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