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EThekwini Homeless People Given A New Lease In Life
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Date: 2021-10-04 04:38:11

EThekwini Homeless People Given A New Lease In Life

ETHEKWINI NEWSFLASH
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
10 OCTOBER 2020
 
EThekwini Homeless People Given A New Lease In Life
 
Reuniting with families, access to employment and business opportunities, drug rehabilitation, access to health services, skills development and training, access to education and provision of accommodation were all motives for celebration during the commemoration of the World Homeless Day by eThekwini Municipality today at Bellhaven Memorial Hall.
 
The event, which kicked off with a visit to the Jewish Homeless Shelter where there is a gardening programme, aimed to highlight successes by the City in its interventions made to improve the well-being of homeless residents, especially since national lockdown level 5.
 
EThekwini Deputy Mayor Councillor Belinda Scott said the City is working hard towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 11 which seeks to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
 
“It is also important to note that with the continuous interventions and the comprehensive plans to aggressively address homelessness in the City, we are also contributing to the realisation of the National Drug Master Plan which aims to reduce supply and demand of drugs for non-medicinal use, increase harm reduction treatment approaches and prevent new drugs from entering the market,” she said.
 
Among other interventions that she highlighted were that the City, in collaboration with the Department of Social Development were exposing about 2200 homeless people to various technical skills across the 12 homeless shelters that were set up in the City.
 
Homeless residents who have benefited from the City’s interventions shared their journeys of reuniting with their families, recovering from drug addiction and their future plans, now that they have support from the City and its different partners.
 
Thabiso Dladla, 30, a beneficiary from uMlazi said his journey to recovery was not easy but with all the support, he is now living drug free.
“I remember during the withdrawal stage, I never thought I would make it. But now I am a living testimony that the life of drugs and being on the streets can be overcome, as long as you have the right support,” said Dladla.
 
Academia, business and Non-Governmental Organisation stakeholders including the Durban University of Technology, the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry and We Are Durban were part of the event.
 
ENDS
 
Issued by the Communications Unit. For more information, contact Municipal Spokesperson Msawakhe Mayisela 060 966 4220.