29 Jun 2016
29 Jun 2016
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Safety is a cornerstone for realising viable, competitive and sustainable cities in South Africa. Local government – as the primary point of contact between state and communities – needs to be empowered to play a stronger role in driving integrated, long-term urban safety responses.
This requires assistance from national and provincial government in setting up the appropriate fiscal, personnel and organisational systems within local government so that cities can fulfil their responsibilities with regards to violence and crime prevention.
These are some of the key recommendations from the State of Urban Safety in South Africa Report 2016, launched on 29 June 2016 at the Africa Forum on Urban Safety (AFUS) in Durban. The first national report of its kind, it focuses specifically on crime and violence in South Africa in an urban context and presents respective data packaged per city.
The State of Urban Safety in South Africa Report is a flagship publication of the South African Cities Urban Safety Reference Group (USRG). The USRG constitutes the first institutionalised forum in South Africa that enables practice-based learning and knowledge sharing amongst practitioners from the SACN member cities as well as other key government role-players on urban safety and violence prevention. The USRG was established in early 2014. It is convened by the South African Cities Network (SACN) with the support of the GIZ Inclusive Violence and Crime Prevention (VCP) Programme.
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