Practitioner – Mandisa Matlhare

Mandisa Matlhare – Practitioners

My motivation to join SaferSpaces:

I'm a built environment professional who is very much aware that a lot of the spatial changes and environments we see around us result from the decisions made by built environment professionals and key decision makers. This also includes the creation of safer communities through design and planning principles and making more informed decisions about developments in a manner that promotes safety, security and mobility in our communities.

While as built environmental professionals we make decisions on designs and developments, we are sometimes not aware of the negative impacts of our design and planning on creating undesireable environments that might give way to lawlessness, crime and grime.

It is through the need to advocate for change across the built environment towards making development decisions that promote safety and security that I would like to join safer spaces.

As a professional planner who has worked in the National Treasury's NDP, I've seen the impact of the inclusion of safety principles in design and placemaking improve the safety and security of areas such as Monwabisi in Khayelitsha. The drop in murder rates due to the inclusions of safety feautures in the urban design principles was a lesson that I would like to incorpoate in all areas of my professional life.

I'm working in these sectors:

Government: provincial

I'm specialising in these theme(s):

Crime prevention through environmental design


Urban Planning and Design and Infrastructure Planning


Training as part of the NDP Grant Fund on the VPUU Programme