EMBALENHLE- The local police are on high alert in case xenofobic violence breaks out.
"We have not received any xenophobic violence threats, but we are prepared to deal with violence against anyone, including foreign nationals," said Const Zandile Gqawa, spokesman for the police.
"We want to assure the community that we will thwart these evil acts.
"We will do everything in our power to protect people."
Mr Ali Johar Ali, an Ethiopian shop owner, said they have confidence the police will protect them in case of xenophobic violence.
"Locals are supporting us and the work we are doing for the community.
"That is why we are keen to help them whenever they ask for our help."
Somali, Ethiopian and Pakistani shopkeepers have already established a committee that will work with various stakeholders.
Mr Abdala Mohamoud, a Somali shop owner, said their committee has also helped them to iron out their differences as foreign nationals.
"We used to do our own things previously, but now we are working collectively and want to make a difference in the area."
Mozambicans were the first to establish their own organisation, the Mozambican Association.
This was after many were attacked during the xenophobic violence in 2008. Mr Julio Eandamela, president of the association, and the Pakistanis could not comment at the time of going to the press.
(PLEKS DIE POLISIE SOVEEL MOEITE DOEN VIR DIE BLANKES IN DIE LAND, DAN SOU DINGE DALK BETER GEWEES HET.)