Homeless

No shelters for Johannesburg’s homeless

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

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News | 8 July 2019

Homeless artist carves out a living

Michael Helsie makes wooden sculptures of animals

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Photo Essay | 2 February 2018

Bedfordview beggars face crackdown

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

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Feature | 25 October 2017

Epileptic, asthmatic and on the streets

All Cassiem Johnson wants is a house

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Feature | 21 August 2017

Homeless in Durban “dumped” outside the city

Municipality spokesperson says “vagrants” are a “scourge”

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Feature | 9 December 2016

Inside Braamfontein’s place of refuge

The clinic inside the church that Father Pugin protected

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Feature | 12 October 2016

GroundUp goes shelter-hopping in Durban

Some charge R20 for a night in a filthy building

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Feature | 4 October 2016

“Jacky” and her pop-up pavement shop

Homeless woman's new business venture

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Opinion | 31 May 2016

No room at the shelter as winter approaches

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

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News | 20 May 2016

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

Friday night community sessions offer food and live music

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News | 17 May 2016

Poor, black people are still denied access to public space

Our cities show disdain for the poor

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Opinion | 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

News | 24 July 2013