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SA, like many nations, has long viewed homelessness as an inevitable fact of modern life, but the coronavirus pandemic is offering an unexpected chance to give those on the streets a roof over their heads.

Thousands are being housed in sports stadiums, schools and other locked-down public spaces, partly to try to stop them contracting or spreading Covid-19, and the government says it wants to ensure they don’t slip back though the cracks once the outbreak ends...

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