Coronavirus: Lesufi announces Gauteng schools will house the homeless

Coronavirus: Lesufi announces Gauteng schools will house the homeless

- Panyaza Lesufi has announced that Gauteng schools will be homeless citizens during the lockdown

- Schools with hostel facilities will avail themselves to help during this time of crisis

- Resources will be diverted in an effort to help the vulnerable during the pandemic

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Gauteng MEC Panyaza Lesufi has announced that the government will continue to help vulnerable groups in the province.

30 schools with hostel facilities have been identified to help house homeless citizens during the 21-day lockdown.

Lesufi explained that the provincial government will be diverting resources in a bid to bolster social services support to those in need by utilising existing school infrastructure.

People in need from the Johannesburg CBD, Roodepoort, Midrand, Sandton, Randburg CBD, Hyde Park, Rosebank, Auckland Park, Booysens and Brixton will be helped.

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Homeless people from these regions will find shelter at the following schools:

  • Queens High School
  • King Edward VII Preparatory School
  • Jeppe High School for Boys
  • Parktown Boys’ High School

Vulnerable citizens from Boksburg CBD, Kempton Park, Benoni, Germiston, Alberton, Brakpan and Springs will find help at Learskool Elspark.

Those from the Tshwane CBD, Centurion, Silverton, Sunnyside, Menlyn, Lynnwood, Cullinan and Bronkhorstspruit will be housed at:

  • Prinshofskool
  • Pretoriaskool Vir Serebraal Gestremdes
  • Transoranje- Skool Vir Dowes

Mogale City will shelter vulnerable citizens at Laerskool Puerperal while those in the Vaal and Sedibeng's homeless will stay at Phoenix Secondary, Hoërskool, VanderbijlPark and General Smuts High Schools.

Numerous Non-Profit Organisations are expected to help with the provision of shelter to the homeless during this period.

Learners on the food nutrition programme will be provided with a food parcel, explained Lesufi:

"Beneficiaries will be given a once-off food parcel, catering for a full month. Through this programme, food will also be provided to shelters and home based sick and weak people. Provision will also be made to people who normally receive soup kitchen."

The department has also made arrangements to provide learners with a dignity pack during these difficult times:

"The dignity packs include toiletries such sanitary towels, toothpaste, roll-on, soap, washing rag. During this lockdown additional provisions of hand sanitisers, gloves and mask will be made. The existing Gauteng Social Development distribution channels will be explored whilst schools will also be approached to assist. Beneficiaries will only collect, and feeding will not be taking place in schools."

Ordinary citizens have also been asked by the government to help support those less fortunate during the lockdown:

"The department appeals to citizens and companies to donate food, toiletries, particularly hand sanitisers during these trying times. Thirty shelters of abused women will be activated to assist women who may be affected by domestic violence during the lockdown, and will be provided with necessary support." reported that the lockdown will begin on Thursday evening at midnight and continue for 21-days.

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