HOMELESS

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Homeless people ask judge to find Dan Plato and JP Smith in contempt of court

They allege that City of Cape Town officials have confiscated their private property in violation of a court order

By Raymond Joseph - 20 September 2019
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No shelters for Johannesburg’s homeless

City says 10,000 people are living on its streets, but it only funds one shelter

By Chris Gilili - 8 July 2019
Michael Helsie works on a wooden sculpture of a cheetah

Homeless artist carves out a living

Michael Helsie makes wooden sculptures of animals

By Ashraf Hendricks - 2 February 2018
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Bedfordview beggars face crackdown

Fuelled by rhetoric on crime, attitudes to beggars all over the country are hardening

By Ian Broughton - 25 October 2017
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Epileptic, asthmatic and on the streets

All Cassiem Johnson wants is a house

By Maxwell Roeland - 21 August 2017
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Homeless in Durban “dumped” outside the city

Municipality spokesperson says “vagrants” are a “scourge”

By Ian Broughton - 9 December 2016
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Inside Braamfontein’s place of refuge

The clinic inside the church that Father Pugin protected

By Kim Harrisberg - 12 October 2016
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GroundUp goes shelter-hopping in Durban

Some charge R20 for a night in a filthy building

By Ian Broughton - 4 October 2016
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“Jacky” and her pop-up pavement shop

Homeless woman's new business venture

By David Katz - 31 May 2016
Photo of Antony Lewis in his shelter under a bridge.

No room at the shelter as winter approaches

Shelters can't accommodate more people, says Street People’s Forum

By Bernard Chiguvare - 20 May 2016
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Bread and jamming: a different approach to homeless people in Observatory

Friday night community sessions offer food and live music

By Naib Mian - 17 May 2016
Photo of a tent on the pavement in Observatory.

Poor, black people are still denied access to public space

Our cities show disdain for the poor

By Koketso Moeti - 11 April 2016

Police target homeless in Somerset West

Last year GroundUp ran a story about the Helderberg Street People’s Centre (HSPC), a soup kitchen in Somerset West. They were being forced to close down. The situation “has since gotten worse” according to chairman of the centre, Ian Greer.

Mary-Anne Gontsana - 24 July 2013