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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