Department of Social Development pledges R87m to help homeless people in Gauteng

  • Gauteng Social Development MEC Morakane Mosupyoe has set aside R87 million to help homeless people in the province
  • More than 25,000 live on the streets of Johannesburg and Tshwane and the project will provide care and protection across the province
  • Drug treatment, medical screening, counseling and reunification with families will be offered

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JOHANNESBURG – A colossal R87 million has been set aside for a homeless relief program in Gauteng. More than 25,000 live on the streets of Johannesburg and Tshwane, and the Gauteng government has decided it’s time to help them.

The Gauteng Department of Social Development plans to help homeless people in the province. Image: Marco Longari
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Gauteng Social Development MEC Morakane Mosupyoe said the programs would ensure homeless people are empowered and reintegrated into communities and their families. The MEC was responding to the Gauteng legislature over funding for a homeless shelter when it revealed the amount that had been set aside to help those in need.

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Mosupyoe said homeless people are considered vulnerable and need social development services from departments and stakeholders. According Municipal pressthe Gauteng government works with municipalities to plan and implement services for the homeless.

The provincial executive council has approved a five-year homelessness strategy, Gauteng City Region Strategy on Adult Street Homelessness. Through this initiative, homeless people will receive care and protection across the province.

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Mosupyoe said other projects, such as capacity building, education and awareness programs, funding for meals, staff, security and other operating costs, policy development homeless services and coordination of the homeless program are also being developed. Other services, such as drug treatment, medical screening, counseling and reunification with families, will be offered.

She said homelessness is a social phenomenon that cannot be completely eradicated. However, the government will strive to create an integrated system that works well and can help people in need. Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu believes that homelessness must be tackled through a collaborative effort of all government departments, IOLs reported.

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The project elicited mixed reactions:

@msizwaneb said:

“I believe so much money can provide homes and something to keep them off the streets. But you know it won’t do much.

@BobbieStlabusha wrote:

“R87 million on behalf of the homeless either in the pockets of executives/campaign finance from the December election conference.”

Charity starts at home: Woman inspires Mzansi by cooking 142 meals for those in need in her local community

In brief News also reported Everyone needs a plate of hot food, especially in the winter, with the often unforgiving rain and cold for those who need it. A charitable lady from Limpopo, who feeds the needy in her neighborhood, moved Mzansi with her warm heart.

Facebook user, Fulufhelo Ndifuna Manngo has set social media ablaze after sharing snaps of herself cooking meals for many hungry and grateful tummies in Thohoyandou, a town in Limpopo.

The mother-of-two recently fed 142 starving people, with Fulufhelo also involved in other charities by distributing toiletries to women in need in her community.

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Joel C. Hicks