Changes at Paballo Ya Batho

As many of you will know, there have been changes within the structure of Paballo Ya Batho. The organisation is no longer run by the Central Methodist Mission due to financial constraints. Discussions had been going on since July about this change. In early August, a group of volunteers have rallied together and have now registered a section 21 not for profit company called Paballo Ya Batho. Paballo is now an independent charity and not linked to a religious organisation directly.

We couldn’t see Paballo, with a 25 year long history, closing down and there not being an organisation providing for the homeless people that we have helped, advocated for and provided food and support to, for so long!

A new board consisting of volunteers has been voted in, and they, together with you are looking to re-ignite Paballo! Our initial aim is to continue with business as usual. This means that the normal support group, giving of bread and the Wednesday night outreach programme continues as per normal. So far, so good. In the long term, we want to offer more services – such as helping people obtain ID Books, up skilling them with computer or business skills and helping them to obtain jobs.

New Paballo board members

New Paballo board members

The board has set out a new constitution and our website will soon reflect this new constitution. 

Paballo is currently waiting for our NPO number with the Department of Social Development. We are also in the process of applying for our Tax exemption certificate from SARS, which means that companies can get tax deductions for donations as well as claim BEE points.

We do have a bank account where people can donate any amount of money – from R50 to as much as you can think of! 🙂 Please see our donation page for these details. Every little bit helps us to continue for another week. This bank account is being managed by the new board members. We will continue to keep you updated as we go along this process. 

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Winter Blanket Drive

Dear volunteers and friends of Paballo,
As you are aware that this is a winter season when we collect blankets and distribute to the homeless people in the inner city of Johannesburg. In this month of June we will be handing out blankets to the homeless people, however we need your help to collect blankets on behalf of Paballo Ya Batho. You can forward this email to friends or companies you know can assist.
Contact Sam or Haylee with any questions – 011 403 8441,,
Thanks so much for your support!
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Stay connected!


Nigel, thank you for your dedication and perseverance! Paballo Ya Batho stands behind you and your efforts.

Would you like to take action? Download the petition today and let’s work together to make a difference for the homeless in Hillbrow and elsewhere.


This is a great way to educate and fundraise.

They Look Like Typical Beggars…Till You Read Their Signs And Realize They’re Far From It.

Thank you Higher Perspective for posting it!

Letter from the Homeless

In the last couple weeks of our support group, we have composed a letter to be distributed throughout the city of Johannesburg.  Please feel free to share this with your friends in an effort to create awareness to what is happening throughout inner city Johannesburg. 


25 August, 2013


Dear Concerned Johannesburg Resident,


This letter is a request for support.  Over the last few years, the relationship between the Johannesburg Metro-Police and the homeless community has risen to an extremely unacceptable level.   Over and over again, us as homeless and destitute people are being treated inhumanely by the metro-police who we believe are not being monitored themselves.

Just this winter alone, we have been harassed, beaten, thrown around and talked to as if we were rubbish.  The level of harassment extends to taking our belongings that include our clothes, identification and blankets that have been donated by concerned residents.  The metro-police tell us they are cleaning up the streets but the Johannesburg by-laws would say differently.  “Waste” in the by-laws are defined as “any substance or article which a person wishes to dispose of because it is unwanted, superfluous, broken, worn out, contaminated or otherwise spoilt and that has been discarded or has been accumulated or stored so that it can be discarded, reused, reclaimed or recycled.” We have no intention of getting rid of our belongings. The metro-police wake us in our sleep and proceed to burn our possessions. (Why do they do this when the public can’t see?) Each raid is with force and there is no suggestion of being arrested or given a fine.  Raids are quick, brutal, and insulting.  Sometimes cold or dirty water is sprayed on us.  Other times we are beaten and injured; Defenseless and helpless we are left. Most times we are left without shelter, clothes, identification or even shoes.   All of our belongings are taken. 

According to the Johannesburg by-laws, under the section for “Waste Management”, section 52 states, “Observance of human rights: The exercise by an authorized official of any powers under these By-laws should be undertaken with strict regard to decency; orderliness; and each person’s human rights including the right to dignity, freedom, security and privacy.” It is obvious that the metro-police are not upholding their end of the law.

We are not just homeless people.  We are educators, caregivers, mothers, fathers, humans. If we are going to call ourselves a “world class city”, then we must protect even the most vulnerable residents of it.

The brutality with the metro-police must stop immediately. You and our government can hold them accountable.




Your fellow homeless and destitute residents of Inner City Johannesburg