Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 - Preamble

We, the people of South Africa, 
Recognise the injustices of our past;
Honour those who suffered for justice and freedom in our land;
Respect those who have worked to build and develop our country; and
Believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity.
We therefore, through our freely elected representatives, adopt this Constitution as the supreme law of the Republic so as to –
Heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights;
Lay the foundations for a democratic and open society in which government is based on the will of the people and every citizen is equally protected by law;
Improve the quality of life of all citizens and free the potential of each person; and
Build a united and democratic South Africa able to take its rightful place as a sovereign state in the family of nations.
May God protect our people. 
Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika. Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso.
God seën Suid-Afrika. God bless South Africa.
Mudzimu fhatutshedza Afurika. Hosi katekisa Afrika.

The Inkathalo Conversations exists to advance and deepen who we are as a people, as a country and as a democracy.  
In holding caring conversations, we seek to build upon the preamble to the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.

The first of The Inkathalo Conversations will focus on homelessness in the City of Cape Town. 

The Inkathalo Conversations has developed an engagement process to facilitate dialogue among stakeholders, as well as the collection of public inputs. The findings of this process will be made public and will be shared with the City of Cape Town.

What are The Inkathalo Conversations?

The first of The Inkathalo Conversations will focus on homelessness in the City of Cape Town. 

The word Inkathalo originates from the Xhosa phrase that means “to show deep care for someone who is crying and showing deep emotion while crying.” It is a phrase that reaches out to the other – it is filled with empathy and concern for the other’s wellbeing. 

Inkathalo is about being human towards what we see in front of us – of being moved by the other’s tears so that it compels us to act and do something that will stop their tears and bring light and sunshine to their eyes once again. Taking broken stories and turning them into conversations of hope and inspiration, it looks towards a bright future in which care, and concern will become the standards for normal life. Finally, Inkathalo is about justice – it is about making sure that the things which caused hurt, pain and suffering are removed, and that justice prevails – a justice that makes people smile and not cry. Because we love all, Inkathalo is not about destroying and hurting – it’s about building and healing.

It is where the story of the other is received without judgement, where we uphold the idea that “at the point of encounter there are neither utter ignoramuses nor perfect sages; there are only people who are attempting, together, to learn more than they now know” (Paulo Freire).  It is about holding conversations that dries the tears of the nation and replaces it with the joy of a better future. And so, we speak with care about the individual and the state, about the neighbourhood and the corporation, about the street and the office block, and about the suburb and the township.

The purpose of holding Inkathalo Conversations is to hold conversations that demonstrate care – where we listen with care, we speak with care, we ponder with care.  Therefore, this is The Inkathalo Conversations – a conversation to advance and deepen who we are as a people, as a country and as a democracy.  

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The Inkathalo Conversations
invites you to be a part of the pre-public participation process to give recommendations toward the Street People Policy and Strategy for The City of Cape Town.
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Ms. Melene Rossouw
Executive Director
Women Lead Movement

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Mr. Lorenzo Davids
Chief Executive Officer
Community Chest Western Cape

"Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies."
Sustainable Development Goal #16

“Dialogue cannot exist in the absence of a profound love for the world and for people”
Paulo Freire

Our Values


Our processes are premised on and orientated towards human rights.


The Process places the emphasis on equality, equity, human dignity, and freedom of people.


We have an unambiguous commitment to justice.


We fully embrace the values of our democracy, as enshrined in the Constitution.


The facilitation engagement subscribes to a fully transparent process.


We believe in an equitable process. The dominant voices in the room must belong to those who live on the streets.


We value humility and make a commitment to being non-judgemental and inclusive in our approach.


This process and its methodologies will be guided by the principles, with a respect for all stakeholders.


To facilitate dialogue on homelessness in the City of Cape Town among diverse stakeholders, and specifically those who live on the street.

To encourage a broad range of diverse views, inputs, and recommendations from the public and to synthesise these into a report that is made public.

To design and conduct an inclusive, equitable, transparent public participation process that enables an environment conducive to all members of society experiencing that their human rights and dignity are honoured.

To provide recommendations in the form of innovative concepts, relevant research, practice models, interventions and solutions that seek to improve the livelihood of people who live on the street.

To seek to understand the ecosystem surrounding street people and to contextualise their common challenges.

To provide raw data and recommendations into the City’s Street People Policy review processes and the design of a strategy.

How do I Participate?

Phase 1: Conversations

24 August – 10 October 2020

Phase 1 will involve in-depth interviews and group discussions with selected stakeholders with personal and professional knowledge of homelessness in Cape Town. 


  • In-depth Conversations with selected stakeholders (Wednesdays & Thursdays)
  • Street-level Conversations (Fridays)
  • Focus Groups with selected stakeholders
  • Workshops with selected stakeholders


Claremont Civic Centre

Due to public gathering regulations and social distancing guidelines, space is limited. Members of the public are welcome to attend the in-depth conversations on Wednesdays & Thursdays, 9:30am – 3pm

Please book a seat here. 

An Interim Report will be released publicly on 10 October 2020

Phase 2: Open Submissions

19 October – 6 November 2020

Phase 2 will involve the receipt of public submissions: any person or organisation is welcome to submit their views in writing or to make an oral presentation at a public meeting.


  • Open Submission Process (19 October – 6 November)
    (public meetings will be scheduled; written submissions will be received in hard copy or electronically)
  • Continued In-depth Conversations with selected stakeholders
  • Focus Groups with selected stakeholders


Sites across the City will be confirmed 

A Final Report will be released in December 2020