The State of Urban Safety in South African Cities 2018/2019

The Urban Safety Reference Group (USRG) is convened by the South African Cities Network (SACN), with the support of the GIZ-Inclusive Violence and Crime Prevention (VCP) Programme, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. It was formed in 2014 and is a platform for structured collaborative learning, exchange and advocacy on issues of urban safety among city practitioners and national government stakeholders. As the only institutionalised forum in South Africa for enabling evidence and practice-based learning on the subject of urban safety and violence prevention, the USRG’s aim is to inform urban policy, planning and management, and to support the application of integrated approaches for violence and crime prevention at municipal level. Exchange, joint learning and future application are central to USRG’s activities.

This third edition of the State of Urban Safety in South Africa Report continues the tradition of the 2016 and 2017 reports in providing a longitudinal study of city-level crime trends in South Africa’s major cities. It gives an overview of the USRG knowledge sharing and learning activities, and showcases current city practices related to urban safety. The report’s overarching aim is to contribute to improved efforts to prevent and respond to crime and violence, and to create safer communities in the country’s urban centres.



Publication Type Report
Publisher South African Cities Network
Year 2019
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