The Castle as a haven for the homeless in Cape Town

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the following letter will be sent to the Mayor should we receive enough endorsements for the idea :Open letter to the mayor

Faymiz Media
PO Box 45816
Ottery
7800
10 November 2014

Dear Madame Mayor,

Within the context of the burgeoning problems with the homeless:

Although Colonialism was historically the driving force that fashioned
the country into what it is today, it has also been blamed for many
social ills and may make some strides to redress the issue.

Should a part of the castle be used as a haven for the ever growing
number of homeless people, many of whom are forced to sleep rough in
the city, every homeless person should be able to say:”I live in a
castle.”

And there could simply be no better status symbol for any city than to
be able to make such a claim. The symbolism of such a gesture would
speak volumes for the issue of redress against poverty versus the most
authentic icon of our Colonialist past viz. the castle.

Our streets would be safer with street people in the care of an
organised institution like it. Consider that while slaves lived there
before or were imprisoned in its dungeons, today it could serve the
purpose as a facility for the homeless and could potentially employ
those people to keep the castle and the city clean.

If there are dungeons which can be converted to living quarters, it
would be better if it was utilised, rather than keeping the entire
building as a tourist attraction.

Should we see such a wish come to fruition, it will always be
remembered that during your tenure, the very poorest of the poor were
given the highest honour to live in the castle for the sake of their
dignity and the safety of the city.

We will have lived up to our reputation of ensuring the dignity of our
most vulnerable citizens- the homeless – many of whom try to turn over
a new leaf despite their past.

Your Sincerely
Fayrooz Bint Asad Johnson
Cell: 0797227092
www.amazon.com/author/fayroozbintasad

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3 thoughts on “The Castle as a haven for the homeless in Cape Town

  1. The Castle belongs to national government, so any request or suggestion to change its use should be directed to the state president or national Minister of Defence. The shelters have indicated before that they do not want to build or develop new facilities as the running cost is too great, but that they would rather expand the ones they already have. If national government has additional funding, then it could help improve the current shelters, such as the nearby The Haven Shelter.

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  2. Dear Jean Pierre

    Thank you for your prompt and informative response. I have a vision for social integration and cohesion which I would like to see implemented in my life time.

    This does not mean I have any personal or political ulterior motives in making this suggestion.

    When we give existing NGO’s funding to expand, we are looking at the idea of a village for homeless people in the future – an unhealthy alternative to integration and social cohesion because we are isolating people with a particular problem. We are also excluding other people with the love and capacity to contribute to the greater good from the opportunity of doing so. By funding more NGO’s we grow a society’s development across a broader spectrum. By increasing support for existing ones, we fuel ambition in the area of care which strips the act of virtue and borders on megalomania. Grass roots organisations do a lot of fighting over turf, often fueled by insecurity because they are not self sustainable. This is to be understood.

    However existing shelters should not be given the right to decide whether anyone else can open a shelter for the destitute, as this defeats the ethos of a democratic society.

    Given the fact that millions are being put aside to upgrade Parliament and the Foreshore, we have a Nkandla scandal bar the shouting in Parliament, with a burgeoning unemployment problem of no small magnitude, we have a responsibility to ensure that the problem with the poor and unemployed masses do not explode in our faces. Thus I think it would be wise to break up the homeless problem into smaller units and to give more people the resources to help with this problem. It is our social responsibility to do so.

    In this instance I think a shelter in the castle would be a good way of bridging the gap between rich and poor and I think the world would applaud us for doing so. It would set an example for others about how to bridge these gaps and to build a more humane and benevolent society.

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  3. The following letter will be sent to The State President of South Africa
    Open letter to The President, Mr Jacob Zuma

    Faymiz Media
    PO Box 45816
    Ottery
    7800
    14 November 2014

    Dear Mr President

    In the current atmosphere with Parliament being in a state of chaos,
    it may not be the best time to be making this request, but I think its
    important enough to pursue.

    There is an ever burgeoning number of homeless people finding their
    way into the city, many of them who sleep next to Parliament in the
    Company Gardens. I think the homeless have a Constitutional right to
    redress.

    Should a portion of the Castle be used as a shelter, every homeless
    person who find themselves in this city would be able to say:”I live
    in a castle.”

    There could simply be no better status symbol for any city than to be
    able to make such a claim. The symbolism of such a gesture would speak
    volumes for the issue of redress against poverty versus the most
    authentic icon of our Colonialist past viz. the castle.

    Our streets would be safer with street people in the care of an
    organised institution like it. Consider that while slaves lived there
    before or were imprisoned in its dungeons, today it could serve the
    purpose as a facility for the homeless and could potentially employ
    those people to keep the castle and the city clean.

    If there are dungeons which can be converted to living quarters, it
    would be better if it was utilised, rather than keeping the entire
    building as a tourist attraction.

    Should we see such a wish come to fruition, it will always be
    remembered that during your tenure, the very poorest of the poor were
    given the highest honour to live in the castle for the sake of their
    dignity and the safety of the city.

    By funding more NGO’s were endorse more people to care for others and so build a more humane and benevolent society.

    We will have lived up to our reputation of ensuring the dignity of our
    most vulnerable citizens- the homeless – many of whom try to turn over
    a new leaf despite their past.

    Your Sincerely
    Fayrooz Bint Asad Johnson
    Cell: 0797227092
    http://www.amazon.com/author/fayroozbintasad

    Ps Should the Presidency want to leave a comment for the public, a
    copy of this letter appears on my blog at:
    http://www.fayroozbintasad.wordpress.com

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