Case Study In  Ferndale and Randburg People on the Streets of Joburg
AGENDA <ul><li>The Forum and myself </li></ul><ul><li>Problems </li></ul><ul><li>People on the Streets </li></ul><ul><li>P...
<ul><li>The  Forum (FRAF) </li></ul><ul><li>Forum of Residents Associations in Ferndale and Randburg </li></ul><ul><ul><li...
Welcome  <ul><li>I am Mary Gillett-de Klerk </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinator (Head) of the Forum (FRAF) </li></ul><ul><li>Qua...
PROBLEMS <ul><li>DIRECT PROBLEMS </li></ul><ul><li>Nuisance begging on street corners </li></ul><ul><li>Mothers and childr...
PROBLEMS continued <ul><li>SECONDARY/INDIRECT PROBLEMS </li></ul><ul><li>Seen as ruining the beautiful surroundings </li><...
<ul><li>Who are they? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do they come from? </li></ul><ul><li>Why are they in the area? </li></ul><ul...
PEOPLE continued <ul><li>RESPONSE – Displaced Persons Unit – profiling and assessment –ongoing </li></ul><ul><li>Initial r...
PEOPLE continued <ul><li>ISSUES NEEDING ATTENTION </li></ul><ul><li>Xenophobia, Asylum seekers </li></ul><ul><li>Type of t...
Diversion  programme  plans <ul><li>Vagrants accused of bye-law infringements </li></ul><ul><li>Discussions with Randburg ...
<ul><li>Randburg  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ferndale,  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kensington B,  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Br...
<ul><li>Rivers run through it – the spruits through Ferndale and Strijdom Park </li></ul><ul><li>Areas around Randburg SAP...
<ul><li>Proposal for shelter and training centre sent to Executive Director Community Development for Joburg, Ms Piliswe T...
PROCESSES continued <ul><li>Meeting held with DPU, Social Development, Police and Residents to discuss issue </li></ul><ul...
<ul><li>IMMEDIATE DIRECT ACTIONS </li></ul><ul><li>DPU team busy with profiling </li></ul><ul><li>Churches starting to coo...
2012 next steps <ul><li>SHELTER </li></ul><ul><li>Need to identify shelter location </li></ul><ul><li>Steering committee t...
2012 next steps <ul><li>TRAINING CENTRE </li></ul><ul><li>Start planned for March 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>Aim to make users...
2012 next steps <ul><li>CATEGORIES OF VAGRANTS </li></ul><ul><li>Separate SA citizens/ foreigners </li></ul><ul><li>Able b...
2012 - needs <ul><li>A full database of Displaced persons – shelter hopping </li></ul><ul><li>All need ID’s – replacement/...
RESOURCES <ul><li>Churches </li></ul><ul><li>NGO’s already in the field </li></ul><ul><li>City of Joburg – various departm...
<ul><li>A chain of night shelters throughout Joburg – same model </li></ul><ul><li>Training  centres  attached to shelters...
<ul><li>There is much suffering in the world –physical, material, mental. The suffering can be blamed on the greed of othe...
<ul><li>People will sooner aid a sick dog lying on the sidewalk than try to find shelter for a sick person. It’s too much ...
<ul><li>…  our fellow Joburgers – those on the street </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To get shelter, food, water & clothing </li></...
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People on the streets - The Ferndale/Randburg Initiative

  1. 1. Case Study In Ferndale and Randburg People on the Streets of Joburg
  2. 2. AGENDA <ul><li>The Forum and myself </li></ul><ul><li>Problems </li></ul><ul><li>People on the Streets </li></ul><ul><li>Place – Randburg and Ferndale </li></ul><ul><li>Processes to address the problem </li></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Other issues </li></ul><ul><li>The Vision </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge to other areas </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>The Forum (FRAF) </li></ul><ul><li>Forum of Residents Associations in Ferndale and Randburg </li></ul><ul><ul><li>is an umbrella association </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Represents10 Residents Associations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Started in 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus is on the area as a whole </li></ul></ul>Welcome and Introduction
  4. 4. Welcome <ul><li>I am Mary Gillett-de Klerk </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinator (Head) of the Forum (FRAF) </li></ul><ul><li>Qualified and registered Social Worker </li></ul><ul><li>Experience working with the homeless, in poor communities, prisoners and abused women and children </li></ul><ul><li>Has started the social work department at a new night shelter (Cape Town) and a community centre </li></ul>
  5. 5. PROBLEMS <ul><li>DIRECT PROBLEMS </li></ul><ul><li>Nuisance begging on street corners </li></ul><ul><li>Mothers and children begging </li></ul><ul><li>Death in the river </li></ul><ul><li>Pollution in the river </li></ul><ul><li>Deaths in abandoned houses </li></ul><ul><li>Damage to bird hides in Bird Sanctuary </li></ul><ul><li>Business areas – bad for business as scares away customers </li></ul><ul><li>Public pool – drunkenness, intimidating children </li></ul>
  6. 6. PROBLEMS continued <ul><li>SECONDARY/INDIRECT PROBLEMS </li></ul><ul><li>Seen as ruining the beautiful surroundings </li></ul><ul><li>Affecting house values </li></ul><ul><li>Affecting businesses profitability </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Who are they? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do they come from? </li></ul><ul><li>Why are they in the area? </li></ul><ul><li>What skills and education do they have? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do they “stay” in Randburg? </li></ul><ul><li>What happened to get them to this state? </li></ul>PEOPLE
  8. 8. PEOPLE continued <ul><li>RESPONSE – Displaced Persons Unit – profiling and assessment –ongoing </li></ul><ul><li>Initial results show the following : </li></ul><ul><li>Spruit areas – local SA citizens from Limpopo </li></ul><ul><li>CBD (Randburg Methodist) – mainly Lesotho nationals </li></ul><ul><li>Generally no formal education </li></ul><ul><li>Braamfontein spruit – mix of locals and from Zimbabwe; mainly primary school level </li></ul>
  9. 9. PEOPLE continued <ul><li>ISSUES NEEDING ATTENTION </li></ul><ul><li>Xenophobia, Asylum seekers </li></ul><ul><li>Type of training possible </li></ul><ul><li>Health issues – HIV/AIDS, disability issues </li></ul>
  10. 10. Diversion programme plans <ul><li>Vagrants accused of bye-law infringements </li></ul><ul><li>Discussions with Randburg Court </li></ul><ul><li>Offer of community service to accused </li></ul><ul><li>Community service could be done at shelter </li></ul><ul><li>Most accused are Street People </li></ul><ul><li>Most cannot pay fines, prison lacks value </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Randburg </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ferndale, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kensington B, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bryanston Ext 3, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vandia Grove, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Beverley Gardens, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strijdom Park & </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Randburg CBD </li></ul></ul>PLACES
  12. 12. <ul><li>Rivers run through it – the spruits through Ferndale and Strijdom Park </li></ul><ul><li>Areas around Randburg SAPS & Court </li></ul><ul><li>Taxi rank, shopping malls, through roads </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of empty stands and problem properties, these are havens for vagrants </li></ul>PLACES continued
  13. 13. <ul><li>Proposal for shelter and training centre sent to Executive Director Community Development for Joburg, Ms Piliswe Twala-Tau </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cape Town examples – The Haven Shelters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CRA actions - discussions give hope </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Resources – shelters are far away in Rosebank, Hillbrow, Joburg CBD, Berea </li></ul><ul><li>Response from Ms Twala-Tau encouraging </li></ul>PROCESSES TO DATE
  14. 14. PROCESSES continued <ul><li>Meeting held with DPU, Social Development, Police and Residents to discuss issue </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting with churches – soup kitchens, counselling, training offers </li></ul><ul><li>JPC (Joburg Property Company) lists of Joburg owned properties for possible shelter </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>IMMEDIATE DIRECT ACTIONS </li></ul><ul><li>DPU team busy with profiling </li></ul><ul><li>Churches starting to coordinate efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Training Centre to start early in 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>JPC properties for possible shelter </li></ul>PRESENT POSITION 2011 - 2012
  16. 16. 2012 next steps <ul><li>SHELTER </li></ul><ul><li>Need to identify shelter location </li></ul><ul><li>Steering committee to be formed </li></ul><ul><li>Policies to be adopted for Joburg – standard shelter model </li></ul><ul><li>Budget drawn up – start up and maintenance costs </li></ul><ul><li>Fundraising for shelter </li></ul><ul><li>NOTE: Homeless pay nominal overnight fee </li></ul><ul><li>“ FREE” NIGHTS only with voucher/ service/training </li></ul>
  17. 17. 2012 next steps <ul><li>TRAINING CENTRE </li></ul><ul><li>Start planned for March 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>Aim to make users (the homeless) sustainable </li></ul><ul><li>Vegetable gardening </li></ul><ul><li>Recycling </li></ul><ul><li>Meet market needs (needs assessment) </li></ul>
  18. 18. 2012 next steps <ul><li>CATEGORIES OF VAGRANTS </li></ul><ul><li>Separate SA citizens/ foreigners </li></ul><ul><li>Able bodied locals </li></ul><ul><li>Temporarily disabled (crutches) </li></ul><ul><li>Skills levels </li></ul><ul><li>Sick and ailing (impact of HIV/AIDS, alcohol and drugs) </li></ul><ul><li>NEED to get projects going in places of origin </li></ul>
  19. 19. 2012 - needs <ul><li>A full database of Displaced persons – shelter hopping </li></ul><ul><li>All need ID’s – replacement/ new documents </li></ul><ul><li>Foreigners need helping too </li></ul><ul><li>Sick homeless need a hospice type room in a shelter </li></ul><ul><li>Standard shelters and training centres across the City run by the City with social work intervention </li></ul>
  20. 20. RESOURCES <ul><li>Churches </li></ul><ul><li>NGO’s already in the field </li></ul><ul><li>City of Joburg – various departments </li></ul><ul><li>Ward Councillors </li></ul><ul><li>SA Police Service </li></ul><ul><li>Big Issue and Homeless Talk </li></ul><ul><li>Business support </li></ul><ul><li>Residents’ assistance with training centre </li></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><li>A chain of night shelters throughout Joburg – same model </li></ul><ul><li>Training centres attached to shelters </li></ul><ul><li>Shelter passports sold to public to give to vagrants instead of food/drink, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Restaurants, supermarkets to give past sell by date food for soup, bread, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Training linked to market needs </li></ul>VISION
  22. 22. <ul><li>There is much suffering in the world –physical, material, mental. The suffering can be blamed on the greed of others. The material and physical suffering is suffering from hunger, from homelessness, from all kinds of diseases. But the greatest suffering is being lonely, feeling unloved, having no one. I have come more to realise that it is being unwanted that it is the worst disease that any human being can experience. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mother Teresa (1910 – 1998) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All these people talking about morality should just take walk downtown. They don’t want to go downtown because instantly they see homeless people and they don’t want to . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Neil Young – singer songwriter and social activist (1945 – present) </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>People will sooner aid a sick dog lying on the sidewalk than try to find shelter for a sick person. It’s too much to deal with. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Michael Zaslow –actor (1942 – 1998) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If you walk down the street and see someone in a box, you have a choice. That person is either the other and you’re fearful of them, or that person is an extension of your family. And that makes you at home in that world and not fearful. So really it’s very self serving. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Susan Sarandon - actress and social activist (1946 – present) </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>… our fellow Joburgers – those on the street </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To get shelter, food, water & clothing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training in order to find work to help themselves </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regain their dignity and self worth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Become wanted members of our communities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>THANK YOU VERY MUCH </li></ul></ul>PLEASE HELP!!!

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