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25/01/2017: CoJ launching a clean-up campaign to deal with Inner City decay
25 January 2017
We e have noted and are both deeply concerned and moved by the plight of the homeless in our city.

The conditions under which these people live are deeply inhumane and are the result of accumulated failures by administrations over the years.

In 2013/2014, the City’s Audit Report stated that there were 2711 homeless people in the City of Johannesburg, most of whom are drug users, yet there is only one rehabilitation centre to service the whole City. This shows that the previous administration was wholly inept to deal with the plight of the homeless, perpetuating an environment of crime and disorder in the Inner City.

This administration is, however, determined to face these issues head on and come up with suitable, sustainable and integrated solutions to ensure that all residents of this city are taken care of.

Following today’s article published in The Star, “Homeless causing flooding”, the City’s regional team of directors met urgently to discuss ways of working together to find lasting solutions to these challenges. We have established a guided operation that saw the team go on an oversight visit to the areas listed in The Star’s article, as well as other identified hotspots in the city, with each department committing resources towards ensuring that cleaning up our Inner City is an effective, humane and sustainable exercise.

It is not difficult to see that the issue of homelessness is one that requires a well thought-of and integrated response.

The JMPD, SAPS, Pikitup, Social Development, JRA, Joburg Water and Environment Affairs have come together for a campaign beginning tomorrow at 8.30am, that will directly tackle the issue of homelessness, crime and squalor in the Inner City through the rehabilitation of willing drug users; enforcing by-laws, thus weakening the hold criminal elements have over the inner city; unblocking and repairing blocked storm-water drains; repairing burst pipes and meters; recapturing bad and hijacked buildings; repairing damaged infrastructure as well as looking at ways in which the homeless, and the public can be informed about government programmes available for their assistance.

We are committed to running a pro-poor government, cleaning up and reclaiming our Inner City from criminal elements, and we are determined to listen to the needs of all our residents and deal with each one of them in a manner that is dignified and caring.

For more information please contact:
Nonhlakanipho Nedzamba
Stakeholder Liaison Officer: Office of the MMC – Health and Social Development – Dr Mpho Phalatse
Cell: 072 596 9508
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Last Updated on 25 January 2017