Stellenbosch Municipality continues its efforts as a caring government during this lockdown period. In accordance with the measures announced by President Ramaphosa, the Municipality is working with other partners to provide and care for the homeless in our region.
Limiting the movement of people is key in stopping the spread of the COVID-19 virus. During this lockdown period, it is important that our homeless residents also receive protection and care. The municipality is therefore setting up a temporary facility for the duration of this lockdown to accommodate and shelter homeless people within our municipal boundaries. This will provide homeless people of the Stellenbosch municipal region (WC024) with a safe space during the lockdown.
All homeless residents in the Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Klapmuts areas will be taken to this temporary shelter camp where they will be screened for health or mental health issues. If necessary, people will be taken to Stellenbosch Provincial Hospital for observation and the necessary medical attention.
The municipality will provide security officers to protect the inhabitants around the clock. Our Community Development department is making arrangements for daily meals and blankets and we are liaising with the Provincial Department of Social Services and NGO’s to ascertain any additional assistance they can provide.
Our law enforcement officers are working closely with SAPS and other government institutions to ensure lockdown procedures are adhered to. Please report any non-compliance to your local SAPS. We can beat COVID-19 by working together.