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CAPE TOWN – With shelters for the homeless in Cape Town filled to capacity, any further relief would be welcomed.

The City of Cape Town will on Tuesday open what it calls a “safe space” for people sleeping rough.

The municipality’s JP Smith explains: “Effectively here you have a scenario where you have a place to sleep, it’s roofed and secure. There are toilets and showers… And we have repurposed council services like the health department and others.”

The pilot project is a first for Cape Town and aims to provide overnight shelter for up to 230 street people at a facility underneath the Culemborg Bridge on the Foreshore.

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