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City census finds at least 7383 Capetonians are homeless and investigates at why

There are at least 7383 homeless people in the City of Cape Town, not including those that occupy remote and inaccessible areas.

This is according to a street people research project conducted by the Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate.

The research set out to determine the number of people sleeping on the streets of Cape Town, and to gain a better understanding of the phenomenon of homelessness.

CapeTalk presenter Kieno Kammies spoke to Suzette Little, Mayco member for Social Development about the findings.

7 reasons why many homeless people find themselves on the streets of Cape Town:

1. Unemployment or failed job-seeking efforts.

2. Domestic and familial issues, lack of support in personal relationships.

3. Problems with substance abuse and other addictions.

4. Chronic homelessness and being born on the streets.

5. Some homeless people are in transit, waiting for opportunities to relocate.

6. Other homeless people are escaping crime and gangsterism from the communities in which they originate.

7. There are also homeless people who live to take advantage of the criminal element.

Listen to the full conversation from CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies:


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