The VPUU Team

VPUU aims to overcome the different levels of economic, cultural, social, institutional and spatial exclusion, in order to reduce and prevent crime. Based on a structured, participatory approach, the focus is on improving safety, providing public services, and developing social cohesion factors, community data and the willingness of the local community and other partners to cooperate in implementing a transformation programme, through facilitating processes between communities, government departments and other organisations.

This is done through 5 programmatic, integrated components, known as ‘workstreams’, complemented by a multi-disciplinary team, at the core of the programme. These include: Situational, Social and Institutional Crime Prevention, Community Participation and Knowledge Management. The success of crime reduction and the improvement of quality of life lies in the interaction and integration of all these elements.

The back end support of these workstreams includes Project Management, Executive Support Services as well as strategic direction from CEO and Directors.

Situational Crime Prevention

Community Participation

Social Crime Prevention

Situational Crime Prevention

Focus is on the design and implementation of the public realm. The includes the construction of safe walkways and public space, small neighbourhood buildings (Active Boxes), sports facilities, parks, cultural facilities, libraries and business premises. All buildings have more than one function to encourage multi-purpose use. In informal settlements essential services such as toilets, water taps, stormwater management and access tracks are constructed.
THE TEAM
  • Kathryn Ewing - Workstream Leader
  • Caitlin Comrie - Urban Designer
  • Hanna Duker - Urban Designer/Architect
  • Sabina Favaro - Urban Designer
  • Marlene Senne - Urban Designer
  • Adina Israel - Urban Designer
  • Tiago Damasceno - Candidate Architect
  • Alex Becker - Graduate Architect
  • Idrissa M'boup - Intern
  • Khonzaphi Falitenjwa - Emthonjeni Bricklayer
  • Khayalethu Mdunyelwa - Emthonjeni General Labourer
  • Vuka Malumbazo - Emthonjeni General Labourer
  • Xolani Magada - Emthonjeni General Labourer

Community Participation

For each area, a Community Action Plan (CAP) is drafted in cooperation with the community. It defines Short, medium and long term interventions. Partnerships are formed to assist in the implementation with municipal, provincial and national departments, local development forums, the NGO sector, private business and international organisations.
THE TEAM
  • Mncedisi Mbatha - Community Participation Expert
  • Fraser Siteti - Organisational Development and LED Expert
  • Priscilla Erasmus - Community Facilitator and SDF Coordinator
  • Mila Payiya - Community Facilitator
  • Tamsanqa Nkwenkwezi - Community Development Fieldworker
  • Nawaaz Allie - Nodal Facilitator Paarl
  • Randall Pietersen - Nodal Facilitator Villiersdorp

Social Crime Prevention

Support for victims of violence and preventing people from becoming victims. This includes Neighbourhood Watches, cooperation with Community Police Forums, organisations working to reduce prevent gender based violence, free legal advice on civil matters, the Social Development Fund and Early Childhood Development support and programmes
THE TEAM
  • Chris Giles - Workstream Leader
  • Fathima Rawat - Coordinator: ECD
  • Laureen Jansen - Coordinator: Youth
  • Bathulile Ntshingila - Coordinator: Safety
  • Emma Hosking - Information Facilitator
  • Wanda Sombo - Administrator
  • Collin Mtwana - ECD Assistant
  • Sibongiseni Ntayi - Placemaker Facilitator
  • Lucia Mfubu - Placemaker Facilitator
  • Lerato Molisana - YLC Coordinator Harare
  • Jennifer Mc Kenzie - Safety Promoter: Villiersdorp
  • Andile Mayishe - Safety Promoter: Lotus Park
  • Rebecca Viljoen - Intern
 

Project Management

Knowledge Management

Institutional Crime Prevention

Project Management

Support across workstreams working towards integrating projects and programmes. This team supports and facilitates processes between the multitudes of partners for shared ownership of safe spaces.
THE TEAM
  • Gail Anders - Workstream Leader
  • Wendy Arendse - Project Coordinator: Informal Settlements
  • Mark Schreuder - Nodal Coordinator
  • Kyla Duncan - Nodal Coordinator
  • Liesel Bakker - Nodal Coordinator
  • Priscilla Erasmus - SDF Coordinator
  • Nawaaz Allie - Nodal Facilitator Paarl
  • Randall Pietersen - Nodal Facilitator Villiersdorp
  • Busisiswe Rozani - Administrator
  • Uthe Olckers - Administrator: Paarl
  • Chantal Jansen - Administrator: Villiersdorp

Knowledge Management

An efficient Knowledge Management system continues to be developed to ensure that lessons learnt through implementation of the programme are shared with all stakeholders. Through a wide range of tools, such on-going review of Monument Photographs and Households Surveys, the impact of the programme in improving the quality of life of the residents and the level of safety in the Safe Node Areas is assessed and amended to meet the goals of the Programme.
THE TEAM
  • Chris Berens - GIS Expert
  • Tinashe Marange - M&E Coordinator
  • Senza Kula - M&E Facilitator
  • Thulani Manci - M&E Facilitator
  • Khunjulwe Vazi - Knowledge Management Facilitator
  • Philisiwe Tshinyonga - Administrator

Institutional Crime Prevention

Community based groups and people are assisted in looking after and managing the facilities provided. Training and mentorship of groups and leadership and access to economic opportunities are key elements.
THE TEAM
  • Don Shay - Workstream Leader
  • Siyabulela Ngwenduna - O&M Facilitator/Tenant Manager
  • Nicole Hopkins - Area Based Management Coordinator
  • Lelethu Tshofuti - LED Coordinator
  • Bulelani Pokwana - O&M Foreman
  • Ntombesizwe Konkwane - Administrator

Executive Support Services

CEO & Directors

Executive Support Services

Executive Support Services cover the functions of Human Resources, Office Management including Administration as well as the Finance department.
THE TEAM
  • Colette Hector - Human Resource Manager
  • Siyabulela Ngwenduna - HR Officer
  • Gail Timm - Office Manager
  • Renata Gensicke - Financial Administration Co-ordinator
  • Robert Raw - Accountant
  • Iris Taani - Executive Support
  • Isabel Faller - Content Developer
  • Gregory Allum - Computer and IT Support Officer
  • Kayla Solomon - Administrator
  • Nolwando Mhlana - Receptionist
  • Buthelezi Bingwa - Driver
  • Nomava Mduka - Cleaner

CEO & Directors

VPUU NPC is overseen by a board of 7 Directors who each bring their own aspect of expertise to enable guiding decisions to be made.
THE TEAM
  • Michael Krause - CEO/Director
  • Kathryn Ewing - Director
  • Melikaya Ntshingwa - Director
  • Rodney Harber - Director
  • Luvuyo Rani - Director
  • George Thorne- Director/Communications
  • Sisanda Mowebedu - Director

Situational Crime Prevention

Situational Crime Prevention

Focus is on the design and implementation of the public realm. The includes the construction of safe walkways and public space, small neighbourhood buildings (Active Boxes), sports facilities, parks, cultural facilities, libraries and business premises. All buildings have more than one function to encourage multi-purpose use. In informal settlements essential services such as toilets, water taps, stormwater management and access tracks are constructed.
THE TEAM
  • Kathryn Ewing - Workstream Leader
  • Caitlin Comrie - Urban Designer
  • Hanna Duker - Urban Designer/Architect
  • Sabina Favaro - Urban Designer
  • Marlene Senne - Urban Designer
  • Adina Israel - Urban Designer
  • Tiago Damasceno - Candidate Architect
  • Alex Becker - Graduate Architect
  • Idrissa M'boup - Intern
  • Khonzaphi Falitenjwa - Emthonjeni Bricklayer
  • Khayalethu Mdunyelwa - Emthonjeni General Labourer
  • Vuka Malumbazo - Emthonjeni General Labourer
  • Xolani Magada - Emthonjeni General Labourer

Community Participation

Community Participation

For each area, a Community Action Plan (CAP) is drafted in cooperation with the community. It defines Short, medium and long term interventions. Partnerships are formed to assist in the implementation with municipal, provincial and national departments, local development forums, the NGO sector, private business and international organisations.
THE TEAM
  • Mncedisi Mbatha - Community Participation Expert
  • Fraser Siteti - Organisational Development and LED Expert
  • Priscilla Erasmus - Community Facilitator and SDF Coordinator
  • Mila Payiya - Community Facilitator
  • Tamsanqa Nkwenkwezi - Community Development Fieldworker
  • Nawaaz Allie - Nodal Facilitator Paarl
  • Randall Pietersen - Nodal Facilitator Villiersdorp

Social Crime Prevention

Social Crime Prevention

Support for victims of violence and preventing people from becoming victims. This includes Neighbourhood Watches, cooperation with Community Police Forums, organisations working to reduce prevent gender based violence, free legal advice on civil matters, the Social Development Fund and Early Childhood Development support and programmes
THE TEAM
  • Chris Giles - Workstream Leader
  • Fathima Rawat - Coordinator: ECD
  • Laureen Jansen - Coordinator: Youth
  • Bathulile Ntshingila - Coordinator: Safety
  • Emma Hosking - Information Facilitator
  • Wanda Sombo - Administrator
  • Collin Mtwana - ECD Assistant
  • Sibongiseni Ntayi - Placemaker Facilitator
  • Lucia Mfubu - Placemaker Facilitator
  • Lerato Molisana - YLC Coordinator Harare
  • Jennifer Mc Kenzie - Safety Promoter: Villiersdorp
  • Andile Mayishe - Safety Promoter: Lotus Park
  • Rebecca Viljoen - Intern
 

Project Management

Project Management

Support across workstreams working towards integrating projects and programmes. This team supports and facilitates processes between the multitudes of partners for shared ownership of safe spaces.
THE TEAM
  • Gail Anders - Workstream Leader
  • Wendy Arendse - Project Coordinator: Informal Settlements
  • Mark Schreuder - Nodal Coordinator
  • Kyla Duncan - Nodal Coordinator
  • Liesel Bakker - Nodal Coordinator
  • Priscilla Erasmus - SDF Coordinator
  • Nawaaz Allie - Nodal Facilitator Paarl
  • Randall Pietersen - Nodal Facilitator Villiersdorp
  • Busisiswe Rozani - Administrator
  • Uthe Olckers - Administrator: Paarl
  • Chantal Jansen - Administrator: Villiersdorp

Knowledge Management

Knowledge Management

An efficient Knowledge Management system continues to be developed to ensure that lessons learnt through implementation of the programme are shared with all stakeholders. Through a wide range of tools, such on-going review of Monument Photographs and Households Surveys, the impact of the programme in improving the quality of life of the residents and the level of safety in the Safe Node Areas is assessed and amended to meet the goals of the Programme.
THE TEAM
  • Chris Berens - GIS Expert
  • Tinashe Marange - M&E Coordinator
  • Senza Kula - M&E Facilitator
  • Thulani Manci - M&E Facilitator
  • Khunjulwe Vazi - Knowledge Management Facilitator
  • Philisiwe Tshinyonga - Administrator

Institutional Crime Prevention

Institutional Crime Prevention

Community based groups and people are assisted in looking after and managing the facilities provided. Training and mentorship of groups and leadership and access to economic opportunities are key elements.
THE TEAM
  • Don Shay - Workstream Leader
  • Siyabulela Ngwenduna - O&M Facilitator/Tenant Manager
  • Nicole Hopkins - Area Based Management Coordinator
  • Lelethu Tshofuti - LED Coordinator
  • Bulelani Pokwana - O&M Foreman
  • Ntombesizwe Konkwane - Administrator

Executive Support Services

Executive Support Services

Executive Support Services cover the functions of Human Resources, Office Management including Administration as well as the Finance department.
THE TEAM
  • Colette Hector - Human Resource Manager
  • Siyabulela Ngwenduna - HR Officer
  • Gail Timm - Office Manager
  • Renata Gensicke - Financial Administration Co-ordinator
  • Robert Raw - Accountant
  • Iris Taani - Executive Support
  • Isabel Faller - Content Developer
  • Gregory Allum - Computer and IT Support Officer
  • Kayla Solomon - Administrator
  • Nolwando Mhlana - Receptionist
  • Buthelezi Bingwa - Driver
  • Nomava Mduka - Cleaner

CEO & Directors

CEO & Directors

VPUU NPC is overseen by a board of 7 Directors who each bring their own aspect of expertise to enable guiding decisions to be made.
THE TEAM
  • Michael Krause - CEO/Director
  • Kathryn Ewing - Director
  • Melikaya Ntshingwa - Director
  • Rodney Harber - Director
  • Luvuyo Rani - Director
  • George Thorne- Director/Communications
  • Sisanda Mowebedu - Director