Covid-19: Homeless in PE ask what will happen after the lockdown is lifted

“We can’t just let them go back to the streets like that” says social development MEC


17 April 2020

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


20 September 2019

No shelters for Johannesburg’s homeless

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


8 July 2019

Homeless artist carves out a living

Michael Helsie makes wooden sculptures of animals


2 February 2018

Bedfordview beggars face crackdown

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


25 October 2017

Epileptic, asthmatic and on the streets

All Cassiem Johnson wants is a house


21 August 2017

Homeless in Durban “dumped” outside the city

Municipality spokesperson says “vagrants” are a “scourge”


9 December 2016

Inside Braamfontein’s place of refuge

The clinic inside the church that Father Pugin protected


12 October 2016

GroundUp goes shelter-hopping in Durban

Some charge R20 for a night in a filthy building


4 October 2016

“Jacky” and her pop-up pavement shop

Homeless woman's new business venture


31 May 2016

No room at the shelter as winter approaches

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


20 May 2016

Bread and jamming: a different approach to homeless people in Observatory

Friday night community sessions offer food and live music


17 May 2016

Poor, black people are still denied access to public space

Our cities show disdain for the poor


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