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Cape Winelands Neighbourhood Watch launches a new brand

Neighbourhood Watches became professional in 2013.

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The Western Cape Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, launched a new Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) brand in Robertson. The launch occurred on Wednesday, 16 October 2019.

Who attended the Neighbourhood Watch brand launch

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Delegates at Neighbourhood Watch new brand launch on 16 October 2019. Photo: Supplied.

The event was attended by safety stakeholders, delegates, and
the community. Stakeholders were given the opportunity to exhibit their products
to the region.

A panel discussion was held on the importance of having NHWs.
Professionalising volunteer work was also outlined as important.

NSRI case study outlines need to professionalise volunteering

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Exhibitions by Safety Stakeholders at Neighbourhood Watch new brand launch on 16 October 2019. Photo: Supplied.

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) was used as a case
study for the outlining. The institute is a charity that uses “volunteers who
are on call, day and night throughout the year.”

It has “rescue bases along the coast and on inland dams.” The institute’s aim “is to prevent drowning through education, through preventative measures; and through rescue.”

The history of Neighbourhood Watches

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Exhibitions by Safety Stakeholders at Neighbourhood Watch new brand launch on 16 October 2019. Photo: Supplied.

At the NHW event, there was also a handover of certificates
and starter kits to accredited NHW structures. In 2013, NHWs started becoming
professional through the Western Cape Community Safety Act (WCCSA).

According to the Western Cape Government:

“Section 6 of the Act, which deals with the Accreditation and Support of Neighbourhood Watches gives recognition to the efforts of Neighbourhood Watches; and acknowledges the value of their presence in communities.”

Western Cape Government

At the event, the minister gave some background information
on the founding and evolution of NHWs saying:

“Over the past few years the NHW project has evolved rapidly. On 1 October 2016, the Act was promulgated, allowing the Department to formally begin accrediting NHWs in the Western Cape. In 2017, training for NHWs was reviewed and a new training manual was developed.”

Albert Fritz, Western Cape Minister of Community Safety

Fritz addresses the new brand

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Certificate and starter kit hand over at Neighbourhood Watch new brand launch on 16 October 2019. Photo: Supplied.

Fritz continued:

“In 2018, funding for Accredited NHWs was approved and implemented. This brings us to 2019 where we are launching the new NHW Brand. The new brand was previously launched at the River Club in Observatory on 28 March.”

Albert Fritz, Western Cape Minister of Community Safety

The minster added:

“The introduction of our new brand shows our commitment to changing the old positioning and stigmas of the NHW. The launch aims to create safer neighbourhoods and increase perceptions of safety in communities.”

Albert Fritz, Western Cape Minister of Community Safety

The Department of Community Safety promised to continue
using every available tool to safeguard the province under Fritz’s leadership.

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