Denise Williams
1 minute read
8 Jun 2015
5:23 pm

CTown spends R600. 000 on street people

Denise Williams

The City of Cape Town has dedicated more than R600,000 to keeping street people warm this winter.

Street kids. Picture: knysnakeep

The money had been allocated to 17 non-governmental organisations.

Yesterday [Monday] the city’s social development and early childhood development directorate officially launched its winter readiness programme.

The money would go to distributing blankets, mattresses, non-perishable food, and toiletries.

The directorate had more than doubled its budget from R280,000 in 2014 to just over R600,000.

Mayoral committee councillor Suzette Little said the mother city had already experienced the first real wet spell for winter and more cold and wet weather was on the way.

“The weather service has predicted above normal rainfall and lower than normal maximum temperatures into early spring, so the shelters are going to be extremely busy,” she said.

She urged people who lived on the streets to go to shelters.

“Yes, the shelters come with rules and regulations, but that has to be a better option than trying to sleep rough in near freezing temperatures.”

A total of 23 NGOs had applied for assistance, of which 17 shelters fitted the criteria for city assistance.

These were in areas across the city, including Somerset West, Bellville, Elsies River, Retreat, Wynberg, Woodstock and Green Point.

She also reminded residents to give money responsibility. Handing out loose change at intersections or outside shopping centres exposed vulnerable street people to the elements.

“Please make a concerted effort to support shelters or other civic organisations instead so that we can all contribute to making a meaningful difference in the lives of those who find themselves on the streets,” said Little.