Subways within the GSCID precinct have always presented a challenge. Essentially providing safe pedestrian passage for those wanting to cross the railway line and highway at various points, the subways have in many instances had to be locked overnight as the homeless take shelter there leaving them in a dreadful state.

The GSCID has in fact had to go as far as arranging with the City of Cape Town for the filling in of the Strubens Road subway with sand and caging off the entrance with fencing as the homeless had repeatedly been using the subway as shelter, littering and polluting the surrounds.

In reaction to a recent complaint from a member of the public, on investigation the GSCID found that the metal caging closing off this subway entrance had been damaged and accessed enabling the homeless to once again occupy the space.

Upon inspection, GSCID Operations found the subway entrance filled with cardboard, bottles, crates, clothing, mats, food wrappers and fallen tree branches. It was clear that this  presented a very real health hazard.

GSCID Operations, consisting of the GSCID’s Social Outreach Manager, Ingrid Frieslaar, three members of Straatwerk and eight Chrysalis trainees currently interning at the GSCID, immediately implemented a clean-up exercise.

The before and after images speak for themselves. A total of 130 bags of rubbish was collected and disposed of at the Woodstock Dump in two truckloads.

“Although the Strubens Road subway does not fall within the GSCID’s area of jurisdiction,” says GSCID CEO, Anthony Davies, “we were happy to provide a voluntary community service given the state of the subway and the hazard it presented.”

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