In December 2018, VPUU was given the go-ahead to carry out a safety survey in the eThekwini Municipality of KwaZulu-Natal.
The Safety Survey forms part of the broader eThekwini Safety Audit, carried out by the eThekwini Safer Cities Unit in partnership with VPUU, AFUS and UN-Habitat. The Safety Survey falls into stage one of four broad stages of the Safety Audit, preceding and informing subsequent stages.
The purpose of the audit is to explore factors contributing to crime and vulnerability in order to identify priority crime prevention areas. This is important in order to better inform policy and develop a safety and crime prevention strategy.
The safety survey’s results have been analysed and shared and now the work begins on unpacking the data and formulating an integrated safety strategy.
On the 4th October VPUU facilitated a workshop, one of the steps in the consultative process with the Ethekwini Municipality and key stakeholders in civil society, academia and the community. Assisted by facilitators from the Safer Cities Unit in eThekwini Municipality, the workshop focused on the themes emerging from previous workshops and the survey.
The following approach, based on the safety audit findings, eThekwini’s institutional capacity, and safety governance best practice, was adopted at the workshop to engage with the strategic themes and focus thinking towards the integrated safety strategy.
Area-based (prioritise selected high-risk geographic areas)
Community-based planning (develop unique community safety plans per area; informed by community participation and an analysis of the local context)
Incremental roll-out (build upon what already exists; start in several clearly defined areas and replicate as capacity grows)
Priority risk factors (selected per strategic theme)
Transversal Management (horizontal ownership of strategy and coordination of joint-deliverables)
Multi-stakeholder (collaborative design and implementation of interventions in an area)
Multi-disciplinary (a holistic approach to mitigate the root causes of unsafety)
Evidence-based (decision-making and priority responses guided by evidence)
Gender lens (gendered data collection and analysis)
The emerging, strategic themes are:
1.Community Involvement in Safety and Effective Policing
2.Targeted Social Crime Prevention
5.The Built Environment (Safety through Environmental Design)