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Safe and inclusive parks in the Johannesburg inner-city

  • Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo |City of Johannesburg |Johannesburg Development Agency |GIZ South Africa | Gauteng

…integrated stakeholder approach to public space design and management. It involves sector contributions from different city departments as well as engagement with city residents and other park users in designing a safe, inclusive and sustainable public space though participatory tools and methods. The project aims to develop a sound governance…

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Using Minecraft for Youth Participation in Urban Design and Governance - Guide/Manual

  • UN-HABITAT | 02 Aug 2015

…improve governance in towns and cities and help increase levels of participation, efficiency and accountability in public urban policies, provided that the tools are appropriately used, accessible, inclusive and affordable. Research shows that ICT use by youth can have a direct impact on increasing civic engagement, giving them new avenues…

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Designing for Safer Inner-City Parks in Johannesburg

This post shares experiences from the upgrade of End Street North Park in inner-city Johannesburg; a pilot project that tests a participatory approach to park design and management for safety. It attempts a more socially inclusive, and community-oriented approach to park design and management.

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Karina Landman

  • Gauteng

Working with CPTED and also doing research on public space. Research findings are indicating several issues around safety in public space and possible implications for urban design and planning.

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Tackling Violence in South Africa: The Context

This section provides an introduction to the context of violence, crime and its prevention in South Africa - including an overview of existing policy frameworks.

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Mainstreaming Urban Safety and Inclusion: Reflections on a short course

The Mainstreaming Urban Safety and Inclusion short course provided municipal officials and other practitioners involved in urban upgrading with information and tools to prevent violence and crime by planning for safety within upgrading projects.

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Public spaces: More than ‘just space

Through public spaces, cities can promote more inclusive, convivial and safer places for their citizens, which will reinforce social inclusion, community organisation and participation to prevent violence.

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Voices From The Streets: Urban citizens’ feeling about their safety.

  • 02 Mar 2015 | by Matsetsebale Tleane

This article is based on brief interviews conducted on the streets of Pretoria, South Africa, where ordinary urban citizens voiced out how safe they feel in public spaces and what they recommend could be done to improve safety.

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"Our streets must become democratic spaces!"

  • 27 Jan 2015

In this interview, Luyanda Mpahlwa - a Cape Town based architect and director of DesignSpaceAfrica - speaks about urban development in Cape Town and Johannesburg, the need for integrated urban transformation in townships, and why we must revive public street culture to make urban spaces in South Africa safer.

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AMANDLA Safe-Hub Campaign

  • AMANDLA EduFootball | Gauteng, Western Cape

…Safe-Hub is a physically and emotionally safe space where young people access services, opportunities and support from strong role models through a football-based programme system focusing on health, safety, education, and employability. Safe-Hub infrastructures are placed at the center of hotspots of youth unemployment and violence in urban/sub-urban slum areas.

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