Gauteng MEC for Social Development Panyaza Lesufi will on Thursday 26 March, oversee the process of the relocation of homeless people to shelters where they will be temporarily staying during the 21-day lockdown.
The lockdown is set to commence at 23:59 on Thursday evening.
The purpose of Lesufi’s visit is to witness the state of readiness to accommodate the identified homeless people who ordinarily stay in open places and thus need to be sheltered properly during this difficult period.
“We wish to reiterate that there will also be food supply to the vulnerable groups in Gauteng and it is important to note that priority will be given to; children on a nutritional programme, those on ARVs and the other categories such as the home-based sick and weak, those who depend on the soup kitchen will be considered at a later stage,” he said in a statement.
“The department will continue with the distribution of dignity packs to indigent learners during the lockdown. The dignity packs include toiletries such sanitary towels, toothpaste, roll on, soap, washing rag. During the lockdown, additional provision of hand sanitisers, gloves and masks will be made,” he added.
School infrastructure to be used as shelter for the homeless
In a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus epidemic, Gauteng Provincial Government will utilise existing social infrastructure to develop solutions that will address homelessness.
“The province will divert resources to bolster social services support to the homeless through using existing school infrastructure,” said Lesufi.
A total of 30 schools have been identified in the following inner-city areas for social services support in Gauteng:
JHB CBD, Roodepoort, Midrand, Sandton, Randburg CBD, Hyde Park, Rosebank, Auckland Park, Booysens and Brixton. Five schools with hostel facilities have been identified within or close to the CBD areas within the Central Corridor in the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality:
Queens High School;King Edward V11 Preparatory School;Jeppe High School for Boys; andParktown Boys’ High School.
Boksburg CBD, Kempton Park, Benoni, Germiston, Alberton, Brakpan, and Springs
Laerskool Elspark with hostel facilities has been identified within or close to the CBD areas within the Eastern Corridor in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality.
Northern Corridor schools for the homeless
Tshwane CBD, Centurion, Silverton, Sunnyside, Menlyn, Lynnwood, Cullinan, Bronkhorstspruit.
Three schools with hostel facilities have been identified within or close to the CBD areas within the Northern Corridor in the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality:
Prinshof Skool;Pretoria Skool Vir Serebraal Gestremdes; andTransoranje- Skool Vir Dowes
Laerskool Puerperal has been identified within or close to the CBD areas within the Western Corridor in the Mogale City Local Municipality.
Three schools have been identified for the homeless within or close to the CBD areas in the Southern Corridor in the Sedibeng District Municipality:
Phoenix Secondary School;Hoerskool, Vanderbijlpark; andGeneral Smuts High School.