Sheltering the homeless

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Temporary facilities to help protect the homeless against Covid-19. In line with Covid-19 national lockdown regulations, the Gauteng Department of Social Development and Sedibeng District and Emfuleni Local Municipalities have sheltered homeless people at the Saul Tsotetsi Sports Complex and the hostels at the General Smuts High School.

The temporary shelters are located in Sebokeng and Vereeniging respectively, and teams of government officials, social and health workers, and volunteers from NGOs work around the clock monitoring the facilities and residents housed therein.

ELM and SDM MMCs for Health and Social Development, Councillors Dimakatso Malisa and Mmakgomo Raikane, led the government effort to move the homeless from harm’s way.

Nearly 60 homeless people were moved from the streets in Vanderbijlpark and Vereeniging, and this number was expected to increase, following the announcement of the extension of the lockdown.

This was a difficult operation, requiring all hands on deck, including security personnel.

10 of the homeless people were reunited with their families, and 48 remained in the temporary shelters.

Gauteng Social Development provided blankets and toiletries, and continues to supply daily meals, with the NGO, SAVF contracted by the provincial government for the cooking and preparation of food.

Another NGO, the Red Cross, donated more blankets, mattresses and beds.

Toughest Young Minds, an NGO specializing in the treatment of drugs and substance abuse, is delivering its services at the temporary shelters.

ELM Executive Mayor, Councillor Gift Moerane worked with President Hyper to donate a TV to one of the shelters.

Sedibeng District Health Services conducted medical assessments and health screenings for all homeless people accommodated in temporary shelters.

Social workers and field workers are working on the streets - moving homeless people.

Some of the mattresses and blankets at the temporary shelter at the Saul Tsotetsi Sports Complex in Sebokeng Zone 14.
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Our Vision: A developmental municipality that continuously improves the quality of life of its residents. Emfuleni Local Municipality (previously Lekoa) is one of three Local Municipalities comprising the Sedibeng District Municipality situated in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng, South Africa.

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