Cape Argus' Dignity Project restores self-respect of Cape Town's homeless people

Cape Argus has launched a new collaborative editorial initiative called The Dignity Project.

This is a 15-part daily series which seeks to highlight the lives of the homeless, restore their dignity, and provide a glimpse into their lives on the streets of Cape Town.

The project will highlight the daily struggles many of homeless people face, and what they go through to survive on the streets daily.

CapeTalk’s Pippa Hudson spoke to the Editor of the Cape Argus, Gasant Abarder, about The Dignity Project initiative.

Listen to the full conversation on the Pippa Hudson Show:

We have all these misconceptions about the people who live in our city. We pass them every day, and we never bother to hear their side of the story…

Gasant Abarder, Editor of the Cape Argus

I came back to the office and I said to my guys, 'There are so many stories out there about these people that we ignore every day. Let’s do something'.

Gasant Abarder, Editor of the Cape Argus

From there it evolved to what you see in front of you today

Gasant Abarder, Editor of the Cape Argus

With this project we just wanted people to open their minds to people who live along side us

Gasant Abarder, Editor of the Cape Argus

The project started today, by releasing the first story about Danny Oosthuizen, a man who’s been homeless for three and a half years. The project will feature a daily column written by one of the homeless people of Cape Town.


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