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City of Tshwane closes metro-operated homeless shelter in Pretoria

# City of Tshwane is closing its Struben Street homeless shelter in Pretoria after the Gauteng MEC for Social Development, Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, Mbali Hlophe declared it unsafe. The shelter, established in 2004, became home to over 600 homeless people during its years of operation. Tshwane is not involved in the funding arrangements between the NPO and the department. The city’s spokesperson, Lindela Mashigo says the place has been declared unsafe for the people to stay in and several homeless shelters have been identified to accommodate the homeless.