The City of Cape Town's Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate's survey shows that the city harbors over 7000 homeless people.
According to Councillor Suzette Little, Mayco Member for Social Development and Early Childhood Development, City of Cape Town, these are people with real issues that they are struggling to deal with.
Although the city might not manage to eradicate the problem Little says the city's strategy is to reduce the number of people on the streets.
She says they have a problem with individuals and organisations who continue to feed homeless people.
The city has implemented what is called a 'reunification unit' and have partnered with NGO's to help homeless people reunite with their families or find accommodation.
Little says some of the people on the streets are there because of domestic violence or substance abuse and they have to deal with the underlying problem first by taking them through necessary interventions.
She says some have been placed into programs such as EPWP that will help them live a decent life.
Solid waste within the city of Cape Town they would tell you that some of their best workers are the street people. Dedicated, hardworking folks committed to making a difference, you give them a job and they'll certainly do it.— Suzette Little, Mayco Member for Social Development and Early Childhood Development
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