SaferSpaces: Urban Safety

Theme: Urban Safety

Urban safety is recognised globally as an essential ingredient of urban development. Because cities experience higher rates of crime than semi-urban and rural areas, safety challenges impose severe limitations to their growth and development, as well as quality of life of residents. In South Africa, uneven spatial distribution of safety affects the overall inclusivity, efficiency and functioning of cities.

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Blog

Nurturing positive social interactions and safety through mindful and inclusive public spaces
09 Nov 2018 | by Diana Sanchez-Betancourt | Open Streets, HSRC, Ncedo Mngqibisa | Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI)| University of Cape Town

South African cities need to invest in public spaces that are truly co-created through social engineering processes. These need to be grounded in quality community participation processes which begin at the conception of the project, carries on when the project is handed over, and continues in different ways to ensure…

Nurturing positive social interactions and safety through mindful and inclusive public spaces
09 Nov 2018 | by Diana Sanchez-Betancourt | Open Streets, HSRC, Ncedo Mngqibisa | Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI)| University of Cape Town

South African cities need to invest in public spaces that are truly co-created through social engineering processes. These need to be grounded in quality community participation processes which begin at the conception of the project, carries on when the project is handed over, and continues in different ways to ensure…

The state of commuter safety in Metrorail
01 Nov 2018 | by #UniteBehind

State capture at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has led to the dysfunction of the commuter rail system. PRASA employs approximately 434 security personnel in the Western Cape. However, there are huge problems with these security contractors.The terrible legacy of those that engaged in State Capture will…

The state of commuter safety in Metrorail
01 Nov 2018 | by #UniteBehind

State capture at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has led to the dysfunction of the commuter rail system. PRASA employs approximately 434 security personnel in the Western Cape. However, there are huge problems with these security contractors.The terrible legacy of those that engaged in State Capture will…

The challenges of survey research in high crime communities
05 Oct 2018 | by Ncedo Mngqibisa | Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI)

Fieldwork is not an easy practice but conducting it in high crime communities is a daunting task. This piece discusses the challenges faced during a longitudinal survey attempt that took place in Gugulethu; and how researchers attempted to handle these challenges.

The challenges of survey research in high crime communities
05 Oct 2018 | by Ncedo Mngqibisa | Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI)

Fieldwork is not an easy practice but conducting it in high crime communities is a daunting task. This piece discusses the challenges faced during a longitudinal survey attempt that took place in Gugulethu; and how researchers attempted to handle these challenges.

Linking hands to voices: Hand mapping in contexts of violence and insecurity
05 Jun 2018 | by Gill Black, Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation

How can a participatory approach enable a better understanding of the ways in which identity and intersecting inequalities block accountability processes? This is the question that the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation has been exploring in their most recent action research process with the Delft Safety Group. And this was the question…

Linking hands to voices: Hand mapping in contexts of violence and insecurity
05 Jun 2018 | by Gill Black, Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation

How can a participatory approach enable a better understanding of the ways in which identity and intersecting inequalities block accountability processes? This is the question that the Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation has been exploring in their most recent action research process with the Delft Safety Group. And this was the question…

Nurturing positive social interactions and safety through mindful and inclusive public spaces
09 Nov 2018 | by Diana Sanchez-Betancourt | Open Streets, HSRC, Ncedo Mngqibisa | Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI)| University of Cape Town
The state of commuter safety in Metrorail
01 Nov 2018 | by #UniteBehind
The challenges of survey research in high crime communities
Linking hands to voices: Hand mapping in contexts of violence and insecurity
05 Jun 2018 | by Gill Black, Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation
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Resources

2018/2019 The State of Urban Safety in South Africa report - Report/Study

South African Cities Network, Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI), GIZ South Africa, Centre of Criminology | 11 Apr 2019

Protecting Children is Everybody's Business - Advocacy

WC Child Protection Collaborative
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Project Profiles

Safe Shebeens

Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation | Western Cape

"Safe Shebeens" is an action research project in Sweet Home Farm, Philippi, which uses innovative methods to intervene against violence… Read more

Safe Shebeens

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Research

Assessing the impact of state-community collaboration to address urban violence in South Africa

Duration: 01 Apr 2013 – 30 Oct 2015
Lead organisation: Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation

Urban upgrading for violence prevention in South Africa: Does it work?

Duration: 01 Apr 2013 – 29 Apr 2016
Lead organisation: University of Cape Town
Location: Western Cape

Social cohesion: The missing link in overcoming violence and inequality?

Duration: 01 Apr 2013 – 01 Dec 2015
Lead organisation: Human Sciences Research Council
Location: International