The No 2 Struben Street shelter, Tshwane’s sole metro-operated homeless shelter, is set to be officially closed as part of a relocation effort for residents. The shelter, established in 2005, housed over 600 homeless individuals but faced challenges when the rent mafia took control, charging vulnerable residents for their stay.
Despite the metro regaining control, structural maintenance was neglected. Gauteng MEC Mbali Hlophe ordered the closure following a raid, deeming the facility unsafe. Tshwane plans to relocate residents to alternative shelters managed by NPOs with formal agreements. The building will be sealed off until future upgrades with available funds.
The provincial social development department has withheld R11 million in funding. The closure follows non-compliance findings, poor conditions, and a phased shutdown plan that faced financial constraints. The move aligns with the government’s efforts to ensure proper services for vulnerable populations.
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