Help identify and reunite homeless man

Sharlien Tjambari

“Looking to identify and reunite a homeless man from Namibia”, was the message that came from Rene Jacobs, a social worker at the Valkenberg hospital in Cape Town.

The man known as 58-year-old William Chanoua was found by police on the streets of the Western Cape. The man claims he is from Lüderitz. The man was taken to the Valken berg hospital where he was admitted. Rene Jacobs contacted the Namib Times after trying to locate family by placing his photo in newspapers around Cape Town because William only gave limited information about himself. William told hospital staff he was born on 1 October 1961. He claims he had a few names he went by over the last couple of years. Names he went by in the past include Sarie, William, Noor, Chaang and Chaarhuwar. He also told hospital staff that he was married to Marie Sarie Williams  and that he has a sister named Lena.

The Valkenberg Hospital is a large, government-funded tertiary psychiatric hospital in the city of Cape Town. It is situated in the suburb of Observatory between the banks of the Liesbeeck and the Black rivers., overlooking Devil’s Peak in the distance. If anyone  recognises him, they can contact Rene Jacobs  (social worker)021 826 58489 or Sr. Frieslaar or Sr Green 021 4403208 (ward 8) or the Valkenberg Hospital switchboard 021 4403111.

To read more: pick up your copy of the Namib Times at any retail outlet in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. Available in Windhoek at selected stores, at Arandis (Shoprite and Arandis Service Station); Usakos; Henties Bay (Spar; Woermann Brock) and Windhoek (Windhoek: Shoprite Maerua Mall; Shoprite Katutura; Shoprite Ind. Av; Shoprite Lafrenz Industrial; Shoprite Okurayangava; Shoprite U-Save; Fountain OK Foods (Baines); Maerua Superspar).

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