Tonight, Thursday 14 December 2017, Western Cape Minister of Community Safety, Dan Plato, will officially award accreditation to 28 new Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) structures at an official accreditation ceremony in Bellville.
The 28 newly accredited NHW structures brings the total number of NHWs accredit in the 2017/18 financial year thus far to 129. Overall, the Department has already accredited 166 NHW structures since accreditation processes started in October 2016.
The new Neighbourhood Watch structures receiving accreditation tonight includes areas predominantly from the greater Cape Town area, such as Milnerton, Stellenbosch, Diep River, Gugulethu, Franschhoek, Woodstock, Lansdowne, Bellville, Bellville South, Grabouw, Atlantis, Grassy Park, Kraaifontein, Steenberg, Delft, Kuilsrivier, Macassar and Kirstenhof.
Further accreditation ceremonies are being scheduled for early 2018 for those Neighbourhood Watch Structures from outside the Cape Town area, Southern Cape and Garden Route for instance, who are still awaiting accreditation.
All the NHWs will receive their accreditation certificate and a Starter Kit, containing reflective vests, torches, safety whistles, first aid kits, fire extinguisher, strobe lights and magnetic decals for vehicles, stickers and a lockable container.
The new accredited NHW will also be eligible for additional training provided by the Department of Community Safety or our safety partners, including basic NHW training and first aid training.
Minister Plato will welcome the accredited Neighbourhood Watches as a dedicated safety partner to the community, municipality and provincial government. Safety is everyone’s responsibility and the willingness of active residents to assist us in creating safer environments in our communities are appreciated, celebrated and necessary in our ongoing attempts to support the police in both crime fighting and crime prevention activities.
Source: Government of South Africa