WEEK 6: 12 - 16 SEPTEMBER
THE theme of Community Safety, running from 12 to 16 September, will be one of great interest to Joburg's residents as we all want to live in a place that is safe and secure.
New insights into crime prevention by way of environmental design will be investigated during this week, along with creative ways of 'taking back the streets'. Ways of building better relationships between residents and the Johannesburg Metro Police Department are on the agenda, with the focus being on community and neighbourhood policing.
Under the GDS Outreach Programme, the Community Safety Week theme will strive to establish "a safe and just Joburg". The week is designed to promote and maximise public discourse and mobilise for both design solutions and collaboration in substantive partnerships to address safety well into the future.
The engagement of civil society in this GDS Outreach Programme aims to strengthen local associations while inspiring new debates and actions, with inclusive partnerships and collaborations focused on the achievement of common goals.
Engagements on four key focal areas will take place in the North, South East and West of Joburg at Zandspruit, Soweto, Cleveland, Princess/Durbanville and the inner city. These will be around:
- Roads, where our roads are safe for motorists and pedestrians and people can walk safely to and from home, school, work and other places of interest.
- Crime, where our communities can live peaceful lives and we are mindful of the impact of all kinds of violence on our families, our schools, our places of work and our communities.
- By-laws, where Joburg is an orderly city with citizens who respect its by-laws.
- Disaster preparedness - where Joburg is a city where communities know what to do and are empowered to assist themselves and one another should any disaster strike.