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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Letter to the editor: In support of a radical overhaul, not balanced approach

On Tuesday, 23 August 2016 the Cape Argus published an article The issue of street people needs a balanced approach in which mayoral committee member for the City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development, Suzette Little takes issue with what she terms “the extreme bias” and “negative sentiment” of recent media coverage [...]

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Article of Interest: The voice of street-based people vital for true picture

The following article by regular Cape Argus columnist Danny Oosthuizen appeared on 30 August 2016. The column is in response to an article by Suzette Little, The issue of street people needs a balanced approach that was published on 23 August 2016. The voice of street-based people vital for true picture  Sunday was the Blisters [...]

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Articles of Interest: The issue of street people needs a balanced approach

The following article by Suzette Little appeared in the Cape Argus, 23 August 2016: The issue of street people needs a balanced approach One-sided reporting ignores homeless aid programmes already in place WITH the founding of a new street people’s rights movement, NEHEMIA, and the regular platform provided to the Cape Argus’ homeless columnist Danny [...]

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Resource: Pathways out of Homelessness

Pathways out of homelessness is a research report compiled in 2015 in the City of Tshwane. SPF shares the report here as a resource. Extract from the introduction: “Pathways out of homelessness is the focus, the interest, and the commitment of the collaborative research project described in this Research Report. It is a research project [...]

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Articles of Interest: Homeless shelter talks hit obstacle

The following article appeared in the Cape Argus on Wednesday July 13, 2016.  Attempts by the city council to reduce the number of homeless people have hit a brick wall after negotiations to secure a building where people could be kept, fell flat. The mayoral committee member for social development and early childhood development, Suzette [...]

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City of Cape Town Research: An investigation of homelessness within the City of Cape Town

Map produced by City of Cape Town plotting the total population of street people.

In 2015 the City of Cape Town’s Directorate of Social Development and Early Childhood Development commissioned research “to enumerate, to understand the phenomenon of homelessness, and to make suitable recommendations for intervention strategies and implementation plans within the City of Cape Town.” The research, in which several of the SPF member organisations participated, is presented here [...]

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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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Media Release: Winter is Coming: Ready or Not

WINTER IS COMING: READY OR NOT One of the few key initiatives by City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate, which supposedly aims to service street people, is the Winter Readiness Programme. In theory the programme seeks to bolster existing independent service providers in the sector, in particular shelters, with additional [...]

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