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Articles of Interest: Cause of addiction – not what you think

For many street-based people addiction is an ever present guilt trip and a source of reinforcement for their alienation. This article looks at recent data that suggests that our understanding of addiction may need revision. The likely cause of addiction has been discovered, and it’s not what you think

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Articles of Interest: Banning soup kitchens

There’s a trend in developed countries of banning soup kitchens for the homeless. Recently this stakes have been hightened in the USA with threats of arrest. Here are two articles on the subject: Activist risks jail to feed the needy 9 important things you need to know about homeless feeding bans What’s worth noting for [...]

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Articles of Interest: The cost of mental health

Street-based people experience a disproportiante incidence of mental health disorders all over the world. This is no exception in South Africa. What’s troubling is the profound lack of resources given to what amounts to the third highest disease burden in the country. Here’s an article that compares the cost of treating mental health disorders and [...]

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Articles of Interest: Walking down the street…

This is an article about the recent video on YouTube featuring Sakkie van Wyk, who lives on Cape Town’s streets. Hassan Khan’s comments are on the mark in terms of the significance of this video. Perhaps good PR but no conclusions are possible. Thanks for … nothing  

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SPF Quoted in… “City vs. Homeless”

CapeTowner, 23 October 2014 Author: Carl Callison An article quoting SPF Convenor. The article examines the antagonism between the City and street-based people. No online version is available as far as we know. If you can correct this, please let us know. Page 1 of the article can be accessed by clicking the on the [...]

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Article of interest: “A bridge too far…”

  Sunday Weekend Argus 25 May Author: Yoliswa Tswanya An article on the conflict between street-based people living on the unfinished freeway and local residents and businesses. You can read the article on the IOL website here.

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SPF Quoted in… Daneel Knoetze on CoCT’s proposed “Community Villages”

  Cape Argus (AM edition) 11 April 2014 Author: Dannel Knoetze (staff reporter) Daneel Knoetze interviewed City officials about the proposed “Community Villages” solution that is getting some attention of late. Another journalist interviewed street-based people as the paper felt it necessary to include their comments. Unfortunately, the folks on the streets weren’t given the [...]

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Conveor’s Thoughts: Should you give to people on the street?

Greg has worked with vulnerable people in South Africa for the past 20 years. He is currently the Operations Manager of The Service Dining Rooms and Convenor of the Street People’s Forum in Cape Town. The opinion expressed here are his own thoughts and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the SPF or any [...]

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Article of Interest: Op-ed by Suzette Little: “The City doesn’t chase street people into shelters”

The Cape Argus, 15 April 2014 Author: Suzette Little (Mayoral Committee Member for Social Development and Early Childhood Development) Article available on IOL website here.

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Article of Interest: Homeless under the highway

Cape Argus (AM edition) 7 February 2014 Author: Dylan Oktober (staff reporter) This is an interesting article about the creative resilience of people who end up on the street. It looks at the life of Shane Scott who is living on a concrete shelf under the new hospital bend freeway flyover. Shane has also started [...]

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