Homeless

“It’s survival of the fittest” says blind homeless woman

No homeless shelters or “safe spaces” in Mitchells Plain

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News | 2 August 2022

A new Cape Town shelter will accommodate 100 people

While some homeless people living opposite the old Robbie Nurock Clinic are excited, others have concerns.

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News | 20 June 2022

Officer accused of murdering a homeless man is still employed by City of Cape Town

Friends of Dumisani Joxo say there is still no justice six months after he was shot dead

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News | 17 June 2022

Jobs for homeless people at stake as stimulus funding ends

City says National Treasury funding created more than 3,000 temporary jobs during the pandemic

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News | 15 June 2022

It’s residents versus residents in Cape Town suburb

An informal settlement has grown near Lansdowne station. People in houses nearby want it moved; people in the settlement say they have nowhere to go

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Feature | 20 May 2022

Video: Africa’s first LGBTQ+ shelter needs help to gear up for winter

The Pride Shelter in Cape Town houses 20 people, who can stay for up to three months

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Video | 21 April 2022

Tshwane shelters call for help as winter approaches

Only 2,300 people have a place in shelters in Gauteng

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News | 13 April 2022

Law enforcement officer charged with murder after homeless man shot

Accused released on bail of R1,000

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Brief | 11 January 2022

Scathing report released on Cape Town’s homeless policies

The more than 400-page report was compiled by The Inkathalo Conversations and commissioned by the City in 2020

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News | 4 November 2021

Police use stun grenades to break up Cape Town housing protest

This followed a raid of the Woodstock Hospital occupation earlier on Friday

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News | 15 October 2021

Cape Town centre offers a hot meal and a vaccine to homeless people

“We wanted to create a welcoming and safe space with a meal where people could have access to the vaccine if they choose” says U-Turn’s director Jean-Ray Knighton-Fitt

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News | 13 September 2021

“We don’t know what a vaccine is because no one has ever explained it to us” says homeless man

The Eastern Cape health department says it is hiring more staff to help register people for the Covid-19 vaccine

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News | 7 June 2021

Homeless shelter battles on as donations shrink during pandemic

OWL shelter hopes to benefit from Western Cape government plan to fund an additional 1,000 beds in the province

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News | 31 March 2021

Court slams City of Cape Town for barring access to homeless camp

Judge Desai found that South African Human Rights Commission monitors trying to enter the site were acting lawfully

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Law | 17 March 2021

“Not everything that came out of this Covid-19 situation was bad”

Some homeless people in Durban have reunited with their families because of the City’s lockdown programme

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News | 12 October 2020

Councillor defends Cape Town’s record on homeless people

“Cape Town sprang into action, reaching roughly double the number of homeless persons compared to the whole of Gauteng”

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Right to reply | 11 September 2020