In some areas begging is prolific. There is high unemployment and a genuine need most of the time. But this is impossible to distinguish, and for me, my safety is important.They are everywhere you go, especially at traffic lights. Most people drive with their window up, especially at night, as some of the people begging get quite cloooooose...Just be straight with them, say 'I cannot help you, sorry', try not to enter into conversation with them, as they are the most amazing story tellers!If you really feel sorry for him/her buy him a loaf of bread and give it to him/her.Plse dont get me wrong, there are legitimate beggars out there, with a genuine need. But most beggars are begging out of choice, they want no responsibility, are alcoholics and often drug addicts too.There are shelters and churches and charities throughout South Africa that take them in, so they need not beg.