Urban Safety Reference Group

The Urban Safety Reference Group is convened by the South African Cities Network (SACN) with the support of the GIZ-Inclusive Violence and Crime Prevention Programme (VCP). Members include managers responsible for safety from the SACN member cities (other secondary cities and municipalities may be invited to join), representatives of selected national government institutions, the SACN (secretariat and host) and GIZ-VCP (convening partner). Other relevant national government departments, relevant provincial departments, and possibly civil society organisations/researchers, may on occasion be invited to meetings, depending on the topic.

AIMS

  • Serve as a platform for peer-to-peer learning and knowledge sharing amongst practitioners on urban safety.
  • Provide a space for regular interaction and networking between city practitioners and national departments directly relevant to the governance of urban safety, to enhance the legislative/ policy/ fiscal environment and support cities to make an optimal contribution to promoting community safety.
  • Serve as a mechanism to identify topical matters requiring lobbying and interaction with other spheres of government, the private sector and other stakeholders.
  • Provide a contact point for structured engagement between South African municipalities and international urban safety networks (e.g. UCLGA, Global Network on Safer Cities). 

Publications

  • Urban Safety Brief (No. 1/2017) is themed around improving crime statistics for local government. This fourth in a series of Urban Safety Briefs considers what local governments can do to improve the quality and usefulness of crime data, which can improve the effectiveness of all essential city services.
  • The Urban Safety Reference Group produces its first annual compendium of research and practice findings in the management of violence and crime prevention in South African cities.