Cape Town – A City study, which found a decrease of 16% in the homeless population in Cape Town, has been met with a barrage of criticism by philanthropists who work with the destitute daily.
In the study, conducted over an 18-day period in November, a count of people sleeping on the street was done, including at the shelters which provided registers, in order to ascertain how many people were using their facilities.
The survey identified the Cape Town CBD and the communities of Mitchells Plain and Bellville had the largest numbers of street people.
According to mayor Dan Plato: “Cape Town is one of the few administrations with a policy for street people and meaningful interventions for those who agree to it, but we cannot rest on our laurels.
“The social development findings of this enumeration will help to determine if and how we need to augment the City’s existing social development interventions to provide support for these street people.”