South Africa: A Social Upliftment Project With Heart

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As unemployment increases and the economy weakens, the sight of homeless people begging at intersections has become an all too familiar sight. In Nelson Mandela Bay, a small group of citizens has brought the #SecretLoveProject from Cape Town, donating packs of heart-shaped stickers to the homeless so they can make at least R40 a day to afford a bed in a shelter and a hot meal.

Andre Zakay, 52, has been on the street for four years. He holds a law degree from the University of the Western Cape. He has been saving his money and needed another R140 to put down a deposit on a place to stay.

On Tuesday morning he sold enough stickers to get this money.

"Tough is not the word for the streets. It is cruel. Every morning I get dressed. I make sure my nails are cut and clean every morning. I don't want to be dirty. But people still treat you like trash.

"I am on the street at the moment but only for the next few days. God willing, I managed to acquire a place last week. I was exactly short of R140 to move in. I made R140 this morning. I...

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