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SPF Principles: Labels: what’s in a name?

i. Terminology is important and labels can hurt people. ii. The SPF uses the term “Street People” to describe a phenomenon not to describe individual people. iii. The SPF encourages the use of the term “street-based people” to describe individuals who find themselves either living or earning a living on the streets of our urban [...]

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Articles of Interest: Cllr Bryant lands in hot water because of misquote

Cllr Dave Bryant has been quoted as suggesting specially demarcated areas for beggars and also having a card system for beggars. Cllr Bryant has confirmed that he said no such thing. These quotes have been taken out of context by an enterprising journalist who managed to get their hands on minutes of a meeting earlier [...]

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Articles of Interest: A defensive city makes life ugly

This is an opinion piece by Michael Morris which explores how the City’s defensive measures dehumanize us all. “There is no way of locking others out that doesn’t also lock us in.” How a defensive city makes life ugly

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Articles of Interest: More money? What for?

Not much detail about how the massive increase of the City’s street people budget is going to be spent. A little more information here. This article mentions a closing date for NGO applications: 29 May and there is also mention of Winter Readiness here. This recent spate of articles raises a number of flags. It seems to be cut-and-paste [...]

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Articles of Interest: Dilemma of Cape’s homeless

  Helen Bamford asked for some opinions from Greg Andrews and Hassan Khan and you’ll find a few of them in this article. It is a well written and balanced piece that clearly demonstrates the complexities, conflicts and unanswered questions about our society’s collective response to street people. There are no simple answers and we [...]

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Articles of Interest: a non-punitive response

A very positive move by Business Fighting Crime who are engaging with SWEAT on alternatives to a punitive approach to sex workers. It’s particularly impressive that BFC are even calling for decriminalization. Call to offer alternatives to prostitution

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Convenor’s Thoughts: how freedom and private property can render a person’s very existence illegal

It’s seems impossible that two of the most fundamental human rights enshrined in the SA Constitution could combine to create an unintended problem for those left on the streets of our society. To be sure, it’s not really the rights that are at fault but rather the application of those rights by local authorities, specifically [...]

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Articles of Interest: Solving homelessness: housing first

This is an article about the man whose visionary experiment ultimately enabled the state of Utah to ‘solve the homelessness problem’. While the universal applicability of the programme is debatable, there is a universal applicability to the principle: see people on the streets as resilient and industrious survivors rather than victims or failures. Meet the outside who accidentally [...]

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Articles of Interest: Street People = Criminal?

Suzette Little (MayCo member CoCT Social Development Directorate) addressed a recent Community Police Forum meeting in Diep River regarding street-based people. What is interesting is that despite the police’s verification that crime is actually decreasing, there seems to be more and more concern about the presence of street people. The implicit and pervasive association of [...]

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Articles of Interest: “We’re being targeted!”

Published today, this article does a great job of communicating a problematic issue. I am aware that the journalist concerned had a hard time verifying information, so what has been published is just the tip of the ice-berg, as it were. What is encouraging is the work of this group of people on the streets [...]

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