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Masterclass on Urban Safety in Informal Settlements
Robust discussions and brain storming sessions were the order of the day for participants who had attended day two of a masterclass on Urban Safety in Informal Settlements.

The three day masterclass which ends tomorrow is a partnership between the Africa Forum for Urban Safety (AFUS) and Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) is being held at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

The purpose of the masterclass is to develop an integrated and holistic multisectoral approach to upgrading informal settlements.  Today’s sessions focused around integrating technical and social infrastructure when considering informal settlements; how to reclaim public spaces using a society approach; and addressing children’s needs in urban public spaces.

South African Local Government Association (SALGA), KZN Provincial Executive Officer, Sabelo Gwala , said Africa is experiencing economic growth and that the continent and country needed proper localized strategies to address rapid urbanization.

Acting Head for Safer Cities Unit Bongumusa Zondo said according to the New Urban Agenda, safety is considered a pre-requisite and an outcome of sustainable development.

He added that the workshop intended to address and document local capacities and promising practices by engaging relevant stakeholders; thus seeks to compile existing local instruments, processes and methods for data collection, analysis, monitoring and reporting on the state of safety.

One of the concerns raised in the masterclass is tackling crime and violence in urban spaces and developing a policy for homeless people in urban spaces. Chief Executive Officer of Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading Michael Krause, suggested that to address the safety and wellbeing of children, recreational and after school activities, and youth activities linked to Social Development, Sport, Arts and Culture should be implemented.  Soup kitchens and feeding schemes were also recommendations made.

Emphasis was also placed on Information and Knowledge Management Systems, community participation and social crime prevention programmes in informal settlements. With regards to technical infrastructure, the management of waste, water and sanitation and more lighting were needed in informal areas.
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