The Stellenbosch Municipality extended its crime fighting partnerships on 16 May 2014 to include, private security companies and the South African Police Services. The signing of this special memorandum of cooperation to promote Stellenbosch as the safest town follows the signing of a similar agreement with the University of Stellenbosch on 9 May 2014. Wanting to be the safest valley is one of the Municipality’s key strategic goals together with preferred investment destination, dignified living, greenest municipality and good governance.
The cooperative agreement is entered into on the grounds of safety and security for the integrated despatch and use of operational staff, equipment and systems.
The Municipality and its partners are already committed to cooperation in different focus areas which includes cooperation between the various law enforcement and security agencies. Some have Closed Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV), vehicles, manpower and other safety equipment in the fight against crime in the Greater Stellenbosch area. The Municipality has and continues to invest in expanding its CCTV footprint throughout the town.
The parties are in principle in agreement to co-operate should joint extension projects be initiated and jointly addressed.
The parties are committed to an integrated crime combat strategy.
Suggestions and mutual co-operation initiatives are presented and discussed at the two monthly Safety Forum meetings; where-after it will be executed by both parties in relation to at SM and NSA for approval and combined execution. Flowing from the Safety Forum a task team will also be established who will meet more frequently to deal with safety operations and monitoring. Feedback reports on crime combatting initiatives feed into the parties own organisations and also to the specially created Safety Forum.