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

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

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

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

Knowledge Management

An efficient Knowledge Management system ensures that lessons learnt through implementation of the programme are shared with all stakeholders. Through our Quarterly 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 continuously assessed. Community based teams are supported in projects monitoring the status of communal services (taps, lights and toilets) and records of tenure status (community registers).
THE TEAM
  • Chris Berens - GIS Expert
  • Thulani Manci - M&E Facilitator
  • Tinashe Marange - M&E Coordinator
  • Nhlanhla May - GIS Technician
  • Yoliswa Mbeshu - Community Register Fieldworker
  • Nandipha Mlambo - Community Register Fieldworker
  • Nandipha Nqandulo - Community Register Fieldworker
  • Nomvuyesiko Ntshota - Community Register Fieldworker
  • Aviwe Qhonqwana - Community Register Fieldworker
  • Philisiwe Tshinyonga - Administrator
  • Sandiso Twala - Community Register Fieldworker
  • Khunjulwe Vazi - HHS Facilitator
  • Olwethu Xhinti - Community Register Fieldworker

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
  • Sonwabo Cekiso - General Worker Monwabisi Park
  • Nomfezeko Chuku - General Worker Lotus Park
  • Nicole Hopkins - Area Based Management Coordinator
  • Loyiso Kaite - Technical Supervisor
  • Ntombesizwe Konkwane - Administrator
  • Mthetheleli Mantyontya - Harare Driver
  • Vuyane Mathetha - General Worker Harare Kwamfundo
  • Mpendulo Mati - General Worker Harare Masibambane Hall
  • Khayalethu Mdunyelwa - General Worker Monwabisi Park
  • Masixole Mgutyana - General Worker Harare Business Hub
  • Xolani Mpiko - General Worker Harare Precinct 3
  • Sixolile Mvokwe - General Worker Harare Precinct 1
  • Thandeka Nkatsha - Cleaner
  • Michael October - General Worker House of Learning
  • Bulelani Pokwana - O&M Foreman
  • Don Shay - Workstream Leader
  • Lelethu Tshofuti - LED Coordinator

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

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
  • Kathryn Ewing - Director
  • Rodney Harber - Director
  • Michael Krause - CEO/Director
  • Sisanda Mowebedu - Director
  • Melikaya Ntshingwa - Director
  • Luvuyo Rani - Director
  • George Thorne- Director/Communications

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

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

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

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

Knowledge Management

Knowledge Management

An efficient Knowledge Management system ensures that lessons learnt through implementation of the programme are shared with all stakeholders. Through our Quarterly 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 continuously assessed. Community based teams are supported in projects monitoring the status of communal services (taps, lights and toilets) and records of tenure status (community registers).
THE TEAM
  • Chris Berens - GIS Expert
  • Thulani Manci - M&E Facilitator
  • Tinashe Marange - M&E Coordinator
  • Nhlanhla May - GIS Technician
  • Yoliswa Mbeshu - Community Register Fieldworker
  • Nandipha Mlambo - Community Register Fieldworker
  • Nandipha Nqandulo - Community Register Fieldworker
  • Nomvuyesiko Ntshota - Community Register Fieldworker
  • Aviwe Qhonqwana - Community Register Fieldworker
  • Philisiwe Tshinyonga - Administrator
  • Sandiso Twala - Community Register Fieldworker
  • Khunjulwe Vazi - HHS Facilitator
  • Olwethu Xhinti - Community Register Fieldworker

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
  • Sonwabo Cekiso - General Worker Monwabisi Park
  • Nomfezeko Chuku - General Worker Lotus Park
  • Nicole Hopkins - Area Based Management Coordinator
  • Loyiso Kaite - Technical Supervisor
  • Ntombesizwe Konkwane - Administrator
  • Mthetheleli Mantyontya - Harare Driver
  • Vuyane Mathetha - General Worker Harare Kwamfundo
  • Mpendulo Mati - General Worker Harare Masibambane Hall
  • Khayalethu Mdunyelwa - General Worker Monwabisi Park
  • Masixole Mgutyana - General Worker Harare Business Hub
  • Xolani Mpiko - General Worker Harare Precinct 3
  • Sixolile Mvokwe - General Worker Harare Precinct 1
  • Thandeka Nkatsha - Cleaner
  • Michael October - General Worker House of Learning
  • Bulelani Pokwana - O&M Foreman
  • Don Shay - Workstream Leader
  • Lelethu Tshofuti - LED Coordinator

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

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
  • Kathryn Ewing - Director
  • Rodney Harber - Director
  • Michael Krause - CEO/Director
  • Sisanda Mowebedu - Director
  • Melikaya Ntshingwa - Director
  • Luvuyo Rani - Director
  • George Thorne- Director/Communications