History

History

Local residents and children in Ubuntu Park, Soweto

Building safer communities in South Africa is a collective responsibility of both the state and its citizens. It requires an integrated approach that brings together government, civil society, academia and business. And it needs to be informed by a sound knowledge base.

SaferSpaces is an online portal for practitioners working towards violence prevention and community safety in South Africa to find safety-related information and resources, share knowledge from their work, network and learn from each other.

SaferSpaces aims to become:

  1. South Africa's key knowlege hub on community safety and violence prevention
  2. A central networking hub for practitioners in the field of violence prevention and community safety to register, share knowledge and connect
  3. An effective support to South Africa's community safety and violence prevention agenda

For an overview of what's inside SaferSpaces, visit the page: 'What does SaferSpaces offer?'.

Why was it developed?

Over two decades into democracy, South Africa still faces serious challenges with regards to violence and crime. Reducing this kind of violence is impossible for the police or any single actor to achieve alone. It requires a collaborative, integrated approach that focuses on the prevention of violence and crime.

Such an integrated approach needs to build on a solid knowledge and evidence base to inform violence prevention efforts. Creating such a knowledge base depends on the generation and sharing of knoweldge both within government as well as with and between civil society actors.

Join SaferSpaces

As a community safety practitioner, register and join the SaferSpaces community. Let's work together for a South Africa where all people feel and are safe.

Find out more here

Across the country, there are actors doing remarkable work to develop communities in ways that directly and indirectly make them safer:

  • NGOs implementing drug and alcohol abuse awareness and rehabilitation programmes, or parenting programmes;
  • volunteers teaching young people life skills through sports in townships;
  • community-based organisations providing early childhood development services in informal settlements;
  • municipalities upgrading open spaces and creating vibrant parks and recreational facilities; and
  • businesses investing in local community-based development projects.

However, what has been missing is a central platform for the actors to make their knowledge availabe and share it with others.

SaferSpaces offers a centrally accessibly online hub for finding relevant safety-related information; for sharing knowledge related to violence prevention and community safety; and for networking amongst practitioners.