Refugee centre to open soon

The City of Johannesburg plans to establish transitional accommodation for desperate Zimbabweans flooding South Africa because of political and economic turmoil at home.
The centre will be opened in few weeks time and will be a referral point for new arrivals.
"The building will be managed by

refugee organisations dealing with shelter in the city. The new arrivals will be given few months to be connected to services such as Department of Home Affairs to legalise their stay and to get to know the city,” said Director for Community Development Department, Wandile Zwane.
The City of Joburg’s Mayo, Amos Masondo, recently opened a Migrants Help Desk in an attempt to integrate migrants in the city.
Hundreds of Zimbabwenas have so far visited the centre to seek assistance.
The Zimbabwe Political Victims Association has been nominated to run the centre. “At least people will be directed to places where they are offered assistance and it might reduce number of illegal immigrants in the city. Some are even targeted by criminals as they roam the streets looking for jobs,” said one official from a refugee organisation. – Zakeus Chibaya

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