Klapmuts safety beefed up

Klapmuts Safety Initiative boosts collaboration around community safety

Last Saturday, June 8, Klapmuts residents and community safety stakeholders celebrated the launch of the Klapmuts Safety Initiative.

This initiative is a collaborative effort involving the Klapmuts community, Ranyaka Community Transformation (a Stellenbosch-based NPC), the Nedbank Proud of my Town programme, Stellenbosch Municipality, and Stellenbosch Bridge. The event featured participants from the SA Police Service (SAPS), the Klapmuts Community Policing Forum (CPF), the Klapmuts Neighbourhood Watch (NHW), the Department of Social Development, the Department of Health, Working on Fire, Stellenbosch Municipality (represented by ward councillor, JC Anthony and ward administrator, Michelle Maluqua), and Ranyaka.

The highlight of the day was the presentation of the draft Klapmuts Safety Plan to the community and other interested parties. This plan, developed through a collaborative process led by Ranyaka, includes input from local stakeholders. It provides detailed guidelines on the roles of various safety service providers (such as SAPS, CPF, and NHW), the resources needed to address safety concerns, and methods for comprehensive crime reporting. The plan is a dynamic document, allowing for continuous input to improve safety strategies in Klapmuts.

“Crime negatively influences every aspect of a community’s well-being, including its economy. Addressing community safety requires a collective effort and the need to look beyond the symptoms to the root causes. By investing in community safety initiatives, we derisk areas, invite further investment and unlock growth opportunities in an area,” says Johan Olivier, Ranyaka Executive Director.

Another key moment was the handover of reflective vests and torches, sponsored by the Nedbank Proud of my Town programme, to the SAPS for donation to the neighbourhood watch. Additionally, over 100 children from Klapmuts participated in fun and educational activities hosted by Working on Fire and the Department of Health, learning about fire safety and personal hygiene. The event concluded with the presentation of stationery hampers, sponsored by Stellenbosch Bridge, to the winners of a children’s drawing competition. Young artists from Klapmuts showcased their visions for a safer Klapmuts.

The Klapmuts Safety Initiative is co-funded by local development, Stellenbosch Bridge, and the Nedbank Proud of my Town programme, and is part of Ranyaka’s national community safety programme. Community safety is a significant concern in all 28 communities where Ranyaka implements the Proud of my Town programme. The overarching programme includes mapping and facilitating collaboration between local safety bodies, developing formal safety plans, capacity-building, donating safety equipment, and mobilizing community members in local safety initiatives.

For more information about the Klapmuts Safety Initiative, email Amy Levendal at amy@ranyaka.co.za.

About Ranyaka Community Transformation NPC

Ranyaka is an urban planning social enterprise that has been developing and implementing transformation strategies for towns and neighbourhoods since 2013. Using a place-based, collaborative approach, Ranyaka works to create a society that is healthy, educated and active; productive and employed; safe, clean and attractive; and socially cohesive. Ranyaka is the official implementation agent for Nedbank’s Proud of My Town initiative. To learn more, visit www.ranyaka.co.za.

 

  1. The event featured participants from the SA Police Service (SAPS), the Klapmuts Community Policing Forum (CPF), the Klapmuts Neighbourhood Watch (NHW), the Department of Social Development, the Department of Health, Working on Fire, Stellenbosch Municipality (represented by ward councillor, JC Anthony and ward administrator, Michelle Maluqua), and Ranyaka, representing the Nedbank PoMT programme.
Working on Fire volunteers participated in the programme through a clean-up campaign in the streets of Klapmuts on Friday, the distribution of flyers to invite community members to the event, and fun, informative activities for the children on Saturday.
A volunteer from Working on Fire teaches a child about the role of firefighters in the community.
Young artists from Klapmuts participated in a drawing competition – sharing their vision for a safer Klapmuts.
Children participated eagerly in the safety awareness event.

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