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19 April 2021

University on a mission to help people change their lives

University World News

For years, students from the University of Pretoria (UP) in South Africa were tormented by robberies that occurred near a dumpsite situated right behind the university’s premises in the suburb of Hatfield in Pretoria. Today, the piece of land stands firm as a therapy garden where occupational as well as art and wellness therapies are offered to the homeless, recovering substance abusers, old age homes and children from the area – at no cost.

A 2008 study conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council of street homelessness in South Africa estimated that the number of homeless people in South Africa varied between 100,000 and 200,000, with the majority being men.

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