The Rustenburg Local Municipality has been working around the clock to ensure that the homeless are provided with a safe and secure facility during the 21-day nationwide lock-down.
The Ben Marais Hall, which was identified as a suitable accommodation venue, after it satisfied all the minimum safety requirements has already reached full capacity. Executive Mayor, Mpho Khunou said they are aware of the socio-economic conditions the homeless community face and other critical interventions which have been made include provision of three meals per day, due to the increasing number of more people who were brought to the shelter. Khunou said this is an important intervention, as the welfare of the homeless is a top priority during their stay at the shelter.
“The efforts of the Municipality, through the strategic relationships the Emergency and Disaster Management have paid off. In the past few days numerous non-governmental organisations have come forward in assisting the Municipality in ensuring that the homeless are well taken care of, other than being provided with a roof over their head. The Municipality has received donations including food, new clothes, mattresses, blankets as well as immune boosters for the homeless, who do not access medical facilities due to their immediate socio-economic conditions,” said Khunou .
“Today we are pleased to be receiving donations from the Gift of the Givers, who have heeded the call to join hands in combating the spread of Covid-19. As government it really pleases us when we see the results of a concerted effort in ensuring that humanity becomes the ultimate benefactor. Earlier in the week other NGO’s such as Islamic Welfare Organisation, Al-Imdaad Foundation, Three Star and the people of Rustenburg some of whom have been here assisting with food preparation from morning until the evening,” concluded Khunou.
While the Ben Marais Hall has reached full capacity, the Municipality’s plans are at an advanced stage, to operationalise a second facility in the City which will also be used to house the homeless, during the period of the 21-day nationwide lock-down.