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Memeza Revolutionizes Safety: Scaling Tech and Partnerships for a Safer KZN

Author: JT Comms
Date: 16 May 2024

Building on the success of its Gauteng and Limpopo launches, Memeza Community Safety announces a groundbreaking expansion into KwaZulu-Natal. This strategic move marks a significant step up in Memeza's fight against gender-based violence (GBV) and crime.

A Powerful Union: Technology and Community

Memeza, a pioneer in leveraging technology for community well-being, joins forces with the FirstRand Empowerment Foundation to deliver its impactful Systemic GBV Reduction and Prevention Programme in KwaZulu-Natal.  This program actively tackles GBV, marking a turning point in the fight for safer communities, especially for women and vulnerable groups.

Scaling the Impact: KZN Launch

Following successful pilots in Daveyton (Gauteng) and Tshilwavhusiku (Limpopo), Memeza brings its comprehensive approach to KwaZulu-Natal.  This launch leverages cutting-edge technology, e-policing safety networks, and strong partnerships to push boundaries in GBV reduction and crime prevention. The impact seen to date in Daveyton and Tshilwavhusiku at a community level has been overwhelming, and scaling this impact to all provinces in the next 3 years is what the Memeza GBV System Reduction Programme is all about.

As South Africa celebrates 30 years of democracy and heads into another crucial election on May 30th, it's vital to remember the importance of safety and security for a thriving democracy. Memeza's expansion into KwaZulu-Natal reflects our commitment to building a future where all communities, particularly women and vulnerable groups, feel safe and empowered. This aligns perfectly with the democratic ideals of equality and justice. By working together, we can ensure these ideals extend beyond the ballot box and into the everyday lives of all South Africans." - Tlhoho Ngcobo, Memeza Programme Manager and spokesperson: “Memeza's KZN launch isn't just about technology. It's about empowering residents to actively participate in their own safety”

Through this program, the community of Mariannhill, KZN will receive:

GBV Prevention Technology: The Mariannhill community will receive over 2000 Memeza personal alarms, the award-winning Community policing alarm systems linked to emergency services which will be installed in over 200 vulnerable homes, and the Memeza SaferCity app, which will be provided to 100 teachers in the area, that will now have direct access to social workers, as well as security and medical response services.

Response Network Establishment: A dedicated GBV Response Network will be established in the area, enabling over 10 new jobs to be created at a community level, fostering rapid intervention and support for GBV victims.

Community Training and Support: Training and resources will empower residents to identify and prevent GBV and crime incidents.

Measurable Results for a Brighter Future: Memeza's program anticipates significant impacts in KwaZulu-Natal, including: Targeted Reduction in GBV: Aiming for a 5-20% reduction in GBV incidents across communities.

Enhanced Response Times: Faster response systems will ensure greater safety and support for victims.

Community Upliftment: Job creation and community development initiatives will foster a stronger and more resilient social fabric.

Memeza's expansion into KwaZulu-Natal is more than just a program launch. It's a call to action. by uniting with community’s, partners, and supporters, we can create a safer future for all.

Memeza's Systemic Reduction and Prevention of GBV Programme, supported by Public partners such as The South African Police Services, Community Policing Forums, The Civilian Secretariat for Police, Department Social Development, as well as Private partners such as The Tears Foundation, SaferCity, Business Against Crime and AURA, seeks to create robust community-based GBV reduction programs, united in the fight against gender-based violence and crime.

This long term programme could only be made possible through FirstRand Empowerment Foundation’s unwavering support for the programme, and their commitment towards long term investment into community based impact programmes.

With South Africa grappling with concerning crime rates, particularly the high number of GBV incidents, our upcoming elections on May 30th offer a chance to prioritize safety and security," says Tlhoho Ngcobo, Memeza spokesperson. "Statistics show that KwaZulu-Natal is one of the provinces most affected by GBV. Here at Memeza and working with our funders such as FirstRand Empowerment Foundation, we believe a strong community empowered by technology is the key to tackling this challenge.”

Become a part of the solution. Learn more about Memeza's work and how you can support their efforts at www.memeza.co.za

For media inquiries or interview requests contact: media@jtcomms.co.za or (011) 788 7632

Issued by JT Communication Solutions on Behalf of Memeza Community Safety -www.memeza.co.za

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