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Give Dignity

​​​​​​​​​​About the Give Dignity initiative​​​​​​​

The City of Cape Town is running an initiative to raise awareness around the plight of people living on the street. The initiative emphasises giving those in need a hand up rather than a handout. Instead of a cash handout, which often increases the risk of prolongued homelessness, we encourage you to make a donation.


Quick stat

We recently conducted a survey of the street people population and it is estimated that approximately 4 091 people are currently living without shelter, and an additional 2 084 people are being accommodated in homeless shelters.


Visit a City library near you to drop-off your donation in one of the branded Give Dignity donation drums.

 We will be accepting the following items:

  • Blankets
  • Clothing and shoes
  • Tinned food
  • Toiletries

In addition, we run a number of other outreach programmes. Learn more about our Give Responsibly campaign and other initiatives below:


Did you know?

A Caring City: The City runs a temporary safe space for street people under the Culemborg bridge in the foreshore. The space offers limited basic accommodation under supervision. Field officers conduct outreach in the area to encourage those in need to take advantage of the service and our Social Development department assists clients to become reintegrated into society.

Alternatively, there are a number of shelters run by NGOs that offer assistance. The Western Cape Government keeps a database of registered homeless shelters.

Find out more about how you can get involved and make a difference.

​​​​​​​​​​Contact us​​​​​​​

For more information on how you can assist street people call us on the toll-free number below:

0800 872 201

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