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Programme for the homeless yields results
​EThekwini Acting Mayor Fawzia Peer and former KwaZulu-Natal
first lady Zodwa Mchunu held a consultative session with
homeless people.
AN ENGAGEMENT with homeless people was held on 12 June at King Dinuzulu Park as part of the City’s intervention to address social challenges. The gathering was addressed by eThekwini Acting Mayor Fawzia Peer and officials from Safer Cities Unit and the Department of Social Development.

The engagement was part of the City’s Qalakabusha programme which seeks to assist homeless people by re-uniting them with their families, rehabilitation and facilitating skills development. Data was collected by identifying the needs of the homeless people. This will help assist them to be reintegrated back into their communities.

Acting Mayor Peer praised officials and civil societies that have been working to tackle the issue of homelessness, adding that the City recently acquired strollers building in Greyville which will house homeless children and women. “I am pleased to see homeless people coming out in their numbers for this engagement, it gives me confidence that they will participate and also pass the message to those who were not here,” she said.

Safer Cities Unit Senior Manager Nomusa Shembe said: “During our engagements we found that some are in need of jobs and it was for this reason that we formed a partnership with eThekwini Municipal Academy for a skills training programme on bricklaying. There are 20 homeless people already attending.” Sibongiseni Ngcobo, 29, a former homeless person said he is grateful to the Qalakabusha programme which has empowered him with welding skills.
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