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Convenor’s Thoughts: A Response to Councillor Shayne Ramsay

This Opinion Piece by Greg Andrews, Convenor of the Street People’s Forum, is in response to Sea Point Councillor Shayne Ramsay’s Facebook post and subsequent apology ‘March against Grime’ Cape Town councillor apologises to homeless. In a Facebook post, since deleted, Sea Point Councillor, Shayne Ramsay, declared on the weekend, “given that we have such [...]

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Convenor’s Thoughts: No Excuse for Institutional Blindness

In the Lead SA article City of Cape Town committed to reduce number of homeless people published on 12 October 2016, Councillor Suzette Little, Mayco Member for Social Development and Early Childhood Development, says that the City of Cape Town has a “problem with individuals and organisations who continue to feed homeless people.” Based on the City’s [...]

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Access to City’s research

Last year the City of Cape Town’s Social and Early Childhood Development Department completed a metropole wide survey of street-based people and research into the nature of the problems street-based people face. This research also developed some theoretical frameworks in consultation with NGO partners. NGOs were initially reticent to participate but eventually did so on the assurance [...]

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Letter to the Editor: The Dignity Project

Letter to the Editor: The Dignity Project

This letter to the editor of the Cape Argus appeared on Thursday April 28, 2016. As the Street People’s Forum (SPF), a sector body of organisations whose clients include people living on the streets of Cape Town, we have been delighted and encouraged to follow The Dignity Project in the Cape Argus over the past [...]

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Articles of Interest: The shelter that gives wine to alcoholics

In various places around the world, harm-reduction strategies are showing great gains in dealing with addiction. Many of these projects are not only dealing with the difficult process of helping people get free of addiction but also confronting society at large about morality and how examined norms have led to harmful policies. Here’s a fascinating [...]

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Articles of Interest:

Bernard Chiguvare wrote a lovely story for GroundUp about one of the Streetscapes participants whose going from strength to strength. Bernard also wrote a story about Robert, who has been a regular at the Service Dining Rooms for many years but has responded well to the opportunity offered through TrashBack’s HBBC depot at the Service [...]

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Articles of Interest: “No room for the homeless”

Here’s a great GroundUp article by Bernard Chiguvare who attended the CoCT Social Development Directorate’s media briefing on the street people survey 2 weeks ago. A great deal of work went into this article – proper journalism! It’s a worthwhile read. Of interest to me is the contradiction between Suzette Little’s comments and those of prominent [...]

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Articles of Interest: What’s a home?

Two articles today are instructive in helping us understand the complexities of the situation on the streets. Homeless… This People’s Post article by Astrid Februarie has comments from various street-based people living in the Constantia neighbourhood. The problem is a simple one but it is a difficult one to solve: Cornelius Davids cannot find work [...]

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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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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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