What can be done to tackle homelessness in Cape Town?
The Western Cape government has released its official statistics on the number of homeless people living in the Mother City.
In the greater Cape Town area, the number is approaching 5 000, while there are said to be more than 700 people living in the central business district (CBD).
Hassan Khan is the CEO of Haven Night Shelters and says he believes the numbers provided by the government have been inflated.
We need to pay a little bit more attention in terms of the packaging of the numbers.Hassan Khan, CEO - Haven Night Shelters
I think the city's compounding numbers of homeless people and identifying as those living on the street and including the numbers of those in shelters.Hassan Khan, CEO - Haven Night Shelters
Hassan says it's important to draw a distinction between those people who are in shelters and those who are sleeping rough on the streets.
He adds that our tolerance for people living on the pavements has increased in recent years.
The police drive past, everyone drives past. It legitimizes the choice of staying on the pavement.Hassan Khan, CEO - Haven Night Shelters
Listen to the full interview below:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : What can be done to tackle homelessness in Cape Town?
Professor Francois Venter says they support professor Glenda Gray and government must wok on its communication skills.Read More
SAITA president Rosheda Muller says a continued ban of cigarettes until Level 1 will put informal traders on the street.Read More
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in an address to the nation that SA will move down to Level 3 lockdown from 1 June.Read More
The Dept of Home Affairs has announced the categories which meet criteria for permission to leave the country.Read More
The President has delivered a lockdown update - listen to his explanation of the move to Level 3 from 1 June.Read More
A survey by teacher unions shows that 92% of SA's schools are not ready and safe to re-open says Natu's Cynthia Barnes.Read More
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said there were 10 new corona-virus related deaths, bringing the total to 407.Read More
After counting 20 people without masks during a short drive, political analyst Melanie Verwoerd called CapeTalk in despair.Read More
Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande gives details of how the different lockdown levels will affect students at tertiary level.Read More
A video shot in the Western Cape shows an officer dragging a mask-wearing woman to a police van, apparently during exercise hours.Read More