SAFETY: Cape Town In Spotlight
Recent Western Cape Business News
In recent weeks and months, the City of Cape Town’s Safety and Security Directorate has played host to delegations from several local municipalities, the Gauteng Provincial Government and Ireland. All of them have been interested in key aspects of the best practice and innovations that the Directorate has been implementing in its drive to make Cape Town a safer city.
Representatives from the municipalities of Port Shepstone, Bloemfontein, East London, Chris Hani and the Gauteng Provincial Government, as well as a delegation from Ireland interested in drawing on the South African experience with regard to police/public relations, have all visited Cape Town to inspect the work done by the City’s Safety and Security Directorate.
The visits investigated the City’s use of CCTV in combatting crime and traffic control, as well as the introduction of kerbside parking instead of parking meters and the enforcement thereof.
The delegations were particularly interested in examining the following aspects of the City’s Safety and Security programmes:
· The CCTV control room and its operations.
· The training facility in Observatory.
· The Metals Theft Unit, commonly known as the Copperheads and its operations.
· The Drug Unit and its operations.
· The Ghost Squad, a division of Traffic Services, and their operations.
All of the delegations were impressed with what the Directorate has achieved. The stability created in the Metro Police Department was particularly noteworthy, as this type of environment does not exist anywhere else in the country.
The City’s Emergency Services and the current equipment and resource levels were also of keen interest to the visitors.
A delegation from the Bitou Municipality (Plettenberg Bay) will be visiting at the end of this week to examine the City’s Central Improvement District initiatives and models, along with the joint CCTV installations.
“The Safety and Security Directorate is leading the way in terms of improving its abilities to create a safer city. We welcome the opportunity to share this information with other municipalities and government departments as it allows us to share expertise with them, but also learn from their experiences, resulting in improvements for Cape Town and the greater South Africa,” said Alderman Jean Pierre Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security.
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