SA Prepares For Winter Season: Cape Town Sets Aside R700,000 To Help CT’s Homeless


As part of its arrangements ahead f the forthcoming winter season, Cape Town’s municipality has mapped out the sum of R700,000 to help the CT’s homeless people.

The city mentioned this on Friday saying that the money would be  used to acquire goods such as mattress and blankets for distribution to qualifying organisations.

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The municipality’s inviting organisations to apply for assistance to deal with an expected influx of people seeking shelter during the winter months.

“We are bound by the Municipal Financial Management Act, so we can only help organisations that meet the qualifying criteria. In years gone by applications were dismissed because of late submission, incomplete documentation and not having the type of facilities for accommodation purposes.” says the city’s JP Smith.

This is not the first time the city has mapped out fund to assist CT’s homeless  loitering around the city  during the winter months.

in 2015, the city coughed out  R600 000 to buy mattresses, blankets and food for the homeless as against R200,000 allotted for the programme in the year before.

It was also reported that up to 7 000 people live on the streets of Cape Town, and Mayco member for social development and early childhood development, Suzette Little, had at that time, said they were finalizing research into how many people lived on the streets, and indications were that the number is steadily rising.

About 6 000 beds at shelters across the city, but they are mostly filled by people who live there on a permanent basis. They can pay up to R700 a month. While those that take up shelter for the night alone pay between R12 to R15.

This leaves very few beds available for thousands of other CT’s homeless people with many of them living in the CBD, Bellville, Parow, Goodwood, Mowbray and Muizenberg.

Meanwhile, the city of cape town still suffers low water supply as dams are reported to be in their lowest level, leaving the municipality with the challenge of finding measures that will lessen its effect on residents.

In February, Cape Town’s dams were at 36% of their total capacity, down by nearly 7% from this time last year. If the water level falls below 20% it can no longer be pumped out.

Due to the city’s growing population, water management has  become harder for the city’s water management board.

“We’re using much more water over a larger distance and this is much more inefficient when you have all this piping that inevitably leaks,” says Dr Kevin Winter of the Environmental and Geographical Sciences department at the University of Cape Town.

“The City has done fairly well on its leaking programme where estimates are that we lose between 15 and 17%, well below the country’s average of 36%, while there are municipalities that are way over 50%.”

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The City has however implemented increasingly stringent restrictions to water usage. Residents have been calling into radio stations, sometimes to offer their solutions to dying lawns, sometimes to complain about their non-compliant neighbours.

The City of Cape Town says officials, including the mayor and other members of the mayoral committee, will be engaging with high water users at residential and business properties.