The City of Cape Town plans to expand its closed circuit television (CCTV) network to key economic and transport locations as part of a five year safety and security master plan for the metropole.
The safety and security strategy is one of eight focus areas contained in the City's five year Integrated Development Plan (IDP), which is now open for public comment together with the City's draft budget of R19.8 billion for 2008/9.
"The IDP sets the City's budget priorities until 2012, and each year citizens and stakeholders are invited to help review the strategy," says Dr Martin van der Merwe, IDP director.
"There are difficult choices to make. We need to match the amount of rates and tariffs we charge with the level of services needed in a rapidly growing city whose infrastructure is badly in need of maintenance and upgrades. Urgent immediate needs must also be balanced against long-term development requirements," he says.
According to Cllr Dumisani Ximbi, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, improved safety and security is an important foundation for Cape Town's economic growth.
"The misuse of drugs and alcohol has a significant negative impact on health, family welfare, community safety, education, local economic development and social inclusion. Also the incidence of murders - 62 per 100 000 people - is unacceptably high," says Cllr Ximbi.
One of the City's key interventions is its Draft Alcohol and Drug Strategy which outlines the unique role of local government in responding to these impacts – and includes an assessment of alcohol and drug treatment services, as well as tougher action against 'drunk driving'.
"In general, the City aims to improve its overall performance in traffic policing, by-law enforcement and general law enforcement through more visible policing over the next five years.
"Key deliverables include a focus on minor crimes and by-law offences and a 'no nonsense' approach towards the culture of non-compliance on Cape Town roads.
"We also plan to establish a Youth Crime Prevention Forum and programmes to reduce youth involvement in crime through sports activities and educate children to take ownership of their own safety.
"Another long term plan is to improve urban design and building codes to reduce criminal activities and emergencies. The City plans to adopt Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles in all new structures and the retro-modelling of existing ones," says Cllr Ximbi.
The City also plans to establish an ad hoc Multi-disciplinary Advisory and Technical Team under the Metro Police to develop a new integrated CCTV master plan which will see the gradual covering of key economic and transport locations as well as hot spots for crime and disorder.
"The City will continue to work with the SA Police Services in combating drug trafficking, vehicle theft, improving safety in high crime areas, combating taxi and gang violence and crime against women and children.
"We also plan to strengthen the City's emergency services, especially its fire-fighters, who play a critical role in protecting lives and the natural environment.
"All City departments will be asked to develop pro-active Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies in their operational plans.
"Safety risks at the 2010 FIFA World Cup event is another strategic challenge that must be successfully managed to ensure a world class event," says Cllr Ximbi.
The public has until 30 April to provide comments on the IDP and draft budget, which can be viewed at the Cape Town Civic Centre and all City libraries and Subcouncil offices.
Written submissions can be posted to the City Manager at Private Bag X9181, Cape Town 8000 or by fax to 021 400 1332.
For more information, please contact the IDP Office at Tel: 0860 103 089 or Fax: 021 400 5915 / 5881 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
22 APRIL 2008
CITY OF CAPE TOWN
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DR MARTIN VAN DER MERWE
CITY OF CAPE TOWN
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