The idea for the formation of a new and independent charitable foundation to focus on crime reduction and community safety in Africa was initially conceptualised in the United Kingdom.
The concept was subsequently shared with authorities in Ghana and Rwanda before being introduced to South Africa where the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) sponsored a specially convened ‘Experts Roundtable’ event held in December 2011 at The Protea Hotel, Midrand.
It was here that the concept was tested by a number of academics, union officials, civil servants, NGOs, business people and senior government representatives.The delegates heard that the foundation’s work would primarily focus upon:
- The mobilisation of under resourced communities to build their awareness and ability to work in partnership with service providers in order to strengthen the community’s ability to ‘fight against crime’.
- Foster a better understanding of community safety issues and improve relationships between the community and the law enforcement agencies.
- in addition to its work with communities, the foundation would seek to actively contribute to the national discourse on crime and community safety matters by undertaking research, advocacy and campaigns.
- It was agreed that the sustainability, efficiency and effectiveness of the Safer South Africa Foundation will largely be dependent upon its ability to secure funding from the domestic and international corporate sector, grants from international institutions or national government, and private donations.