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City reunites homeless man with family
​A homeless man was found living in a dilapidated building
on Ocean Terrace in Isiphingo.
CITY Officials have reunited a homeless man who was living in a dilapidated building with his family in Johannesburg. The reunion came after the man was found in desperate need of medical care on 29 July.

The man was discovered by the Isiphingo Regeneration team during a routine inspection of  the Isiphingo Beach area. Principal Building Inspector Preggie Naicker said the dilapidated building was inspected for illegal water and electricity connection. “During the inspection we found a homeless person in a wheelchair who looked unwell,” he said. Naicker said they had managed to obtain personal information from him including his next of kin contact details.

EThekwini Safer Cities Unit thereafter took over the case and had arranged for the man to be transported to Prince Mshiyeni Hospital in uMlazi. Ntokozo Tshapa from the Unit contacted the man’s brother who resides in Johannesburg. Tshapa had informed him of his brother’s plight and that he required urgent medical attention. The family agreed to travel to Durban to fetch the man.

The reunification and reintegration was made possible by the Unit’s Qalakabusha Social Intervention Programme, which was established in 2014 to deal with issues of homelessness and drug abuse in the inner city. The programme has a string of success stories of the City assisting homeless people to quit substance abuse and find employment. To date, the programme has profiled more than 4500 homeless people and has conducted screening and psychosocial support for thousands more.

jessie.singh@durban.gov.za 
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