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Department of Community Safety joins forces with SaferSpaces

9 July 2018
The  Department of Community Safety has partnered with SaferSpaces to strengthen its long-term endeavours to advance community safety and crime prevention in  the many communities of the Western Cape. 
 
SaferSpaces is managed by the Civilian Secretariat for Police Service with the support and guidance from a cross-sectorial Advisory Group. The Safety and Violence Initiative at the University of Cape Town (SaVI), assists with con- tent and site management of the SaferSpaces portal, with technical and financial support from the Inclusive Violence and Crime Prevention Programme (VCP), GIZ.
 
SaferSpaces  is  an  online  knowledge  sharing and networking portal for practitioners from government, civil society and the research community in South Africa, as well as for every- day South Africans wanting to work towards a safer South Africa.
 
The portal is dedicated to community safety, violence  and  crime  prevention  and  seeks  to bring together individuals from across South Africa, to amass in the education, promotion, connecting and sharing of innovative and ef- fective methods to progress safety-related projects and initiatives in the country.
 
Some of the projects and initiatives that SaferSpaces  is  affiliated  with  in  their  bid  to  ad- vance effective crime and violence prevention measures include: the Positive Policing Partner- ship, Funda Nenja (Township Dog Training Initiative),  the  Memeza  Community  Alarm  System, the Nature Hero Programme and, very recently, the Department’s very own Walking Bus Project.
 
SaferSpaces, with their contribution, continues to enjoy the progress made by these various projects in the Western Cape communities, and across South Africa.
 
Crime prevention practitioners are invited to register with SaferSpaces in order to benefit from the available information. The benefits include:
  • The promotion of the practitioners’ safety work/project
  • The exchange of resources and expertise
  • The  announcement and promotion of public events between practitioners and interested individuals; and
Non-practitioners who are interested in the work of SaferSpaces and in crime prevention can also benefit from the portal in the following ways:
  • Access to newsletter detailing the latest news, resources, projects and events;
  • All information made public by SaferSpaces; and
  • Learning about community safety and violence prevention.
For more information of SaferSpaces or how you can partake in the initiative’s growing objectives, register by visiting their website
Media Enquiries: 

Ishaam Davids
Head of Communications 
Department of Community Safety 
Tel: 021 483 6689
Email: Ishaam.Davids@westerncape.gov.za