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NC dept runs six shelters for the homeless

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Anyone in need of shelter could contact their nearest police station or the Department of Social Development over the lockdown period.

THE NORTHERN Cape Department of Social Development is currently operating six shelters in the Province to accommodate the homeless over the national lockdown period. 

Department spokesperson Gamiem Abrahams said that two of the shelters were based in Kimberley. 

“We currently have 18 service users at the Kimberley shelter, who are being served with three nutritious meals per day with the assistance of volunteers,” said Abrahams.

He indicated that blankets and mattresses were provided by the department. 

“A number of doctors are working on a voluntary basis to assess all intakes and to provide medical assistance, where required.” 

Abrahams added that proper hygiene and safety protocols were put in place at all facilities. 

“The department provided all users and volunteers with personal hygiene goods and the facility was disinfected.” 

He said members of the public were welcome to make donations, including clothing, to the shelters. 

“The department wishes to extend its sincere gratitude to all volunteers serving selflessly in ensuring that together we contain the spread of Covid-19.” 

Abrahams stated that anyone in need of shelter could contact their nearest police station or the Department of Social Development over the lockdown period.

“The department is ready to accommodate the homeless and street children.”