Streaming issues? Report here
Refilwe Moloto 2019 1500 BW
Breakfast with Refilwe Moloto
06:00 - 09:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: Today with Kieno Kammies
See full line-up
Breakfast with Refilwe Moloto
06:00 - 09:00
Home
arrow_forward
Local

Safety in CT CBD: 'You cannot police away poverty'

22 January 2020 10:32 AM
Tags:
Crime
Cape Town
Cape Town CBD
Security
Safety
CCID
VRCID
Safety in the Mother City's CBD is always top of mind and key players in the CCID and VRCID discuss how they are getting it right.

Safety in the Mother City's CBD is top of mind and Refilwe Moloto discusses issues of crime hotspots and visible policing and other issues with two key players in the CBD and surrounds.

The Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID) Safety and Security Manager Mo Hendricks and Chief Operations Officer at Voortrekker Road Corridor Improvement District (VRCID) Derek Bock.

What do they attribute to the success achieved?

It's all about the space and beautifying the space and identifying what the space requires. it's not just about safety and security.

Mo Hendricks, Safety and Security Manager - CCID

Hendricks says it is not just about safety and security. He encourages people to talk a look a the beautiful buildings and architecture.

Our stakeholders come to the party by improving their buildings all the time.

Mo Hendricks, Safety and Security Manager - CCID

He says no one knows the exact crime statistics in the area.

But if you go into an area where the windows are broken, the area is dirty, you get this uneasy feeling of not being safe. But if you walk into an area that is pristine and beautiful...your perception changes.

Mo Hendricks, Safety and Security Manager - CCID

Visible policing and urban management are then implemented to address the needs of the spaces in between the buildings, he says.

The cleaning teams of the Voortrekker Road Corridor Improvement District (VRCID) collected 400kgs of refuse and litter.

The Bellville-Parow area where the VRCID is situated is a different animal as I call it . It is the 'CY' - come to Belville and see why...people there are very proud of the area.

Derek Bock, Chief Operations Officer - VRCID

The area does not aim to become the central city or southern suburbs he says.

But it is not just about safety and security he adds.

What do we do with the 500 homeless in the Bellville-Parow area? We have to deal with that. You cannot just chase that person away because he does not have a place to stay.

Derek Bock, Chief Operations Officer - VRCID

Hendricks and Bock offer an insightful discussion about safety and security issues in the city.

Bock talks about social issues.

We don't believe you can police it away. You cannot police away poverty.

Derek Bock, Chief Operations Officer - VRCID

It is behaviour that needs to be targeted, he says.

I have more stats where we have issued fines and taken action against people for urinating in public from rich, affluent people who come out of clubs than what we do against homeless people.

Derek Bock, Chief Operations Officer - VRCID

Take a listen below:


22 January 2020 10:32 AM
Tags:
Crime
Cape Town
Cape Town CBD
Security
Safety
CCID
VRCID

More from Local

180410landfillgif

Muizenberg landfill site 'under sustained attack', security guard killed

27 February 2020 6:10 PM

The City's Xanthea Limberg explains what led to the death of the security guard at the Coastal Park landfill site near Muizenberg.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Metrorail train Kalk Bay Station Cape Town 123rftransport 123rflocal 123rf

Eskom restores rail service power, denies Prasa in WC was singled out

27 February 2020 5:57 PM

Eskom temporarily cut power to the rail agency in the Western Cape because of an over-due payment. It says Prasa has now paid up.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

claudine-shiels-and-pippa-hudsonjpg

'Abuse silences you' - Sharing the story of SA's oldest sexual abuse case

27 February 2020 4:02 PM

Claudine Shiels shares her story with a live studio audience, after publishing a memoir 45 years after the alleged abuse.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

26c865b0-20c3-4e00-8941-91f1f631b599.jpg

[BREAKING NEWS]: 1 of 9 people missing at sea off Cape Town has been found

27 February 2020 3:30 PM

The person has been taken to the hospital by rescue services.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

search-for-missing-men-at-seapng

Rescue operation continues for 8 still missing at sea off Cape Town

27 February 2020 1:12 PM

NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon reports on the search near Bakoven after an inflatable boat capsized early Thursday morning.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Bullet hole in glass crime 123rfcrime 123rf

7 people killed in Paarl taxi violence 'caused by route invasion'

27 February 2020 1:01 PM

Bonginkosi Madikizela (MEC, Transport) is in Paarl to console grieving families and to investigate the violence gripping the town.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

prison-inmates-smoking-tik-facebook-videopng

[VIDEO] Local inmates appear to be running a drug den inside prison

27 February 2020 8:52 AM

A video posted on a local Cape Town Facebook group shows a group of male prison inmates preparing drugs and smoking tik lollies.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

170611 police van

Joburg pupil who was allegedly kidnapped and held for ransom has been found

26 February 2020 1:37 PM

The grade 8 boy reported missing in Gauteng has been found.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

crime-scene-police-tape-pexels-free-to-usejpeg

Police confirm 7-year-old Imaan Solomons killed in gang cross-fire

26 February 2020 1:36 PM

SAPS spokesperson Novela Potelwa says two rival gangs were involved in a shoot-out when the child was shot in her own yard.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Injury at work Compensation Fund

Taxpayers spent R300 million on new system that broke the Compensation Fund

26 February 2020 10:44 AM

180 000 injured workers and medical practitioners are facing financial ruin, yet the Fund is sitting on R60 billion in assets.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward