Entries by PeterA

Reaffirming human rights in the Ramaphosa era

Brought to you by “Send me. Thuma mina.” Cyril Ramaphosa’s words last week as he quoted Hugh Masekela and called on South Africans to participate. “It is our intention…to bring together all our people who have the skills, who have the insights, who have the experience and capabilities to address the critical challenges that beset […]

Namola helps hundreds of South Africans each week

With 140,000 downloads, Namola is one of the fast growing safety apps in South Africa. The app, supported by Dialdirect, has been endorsed by – among others – the Department of Women, Gauteng Community Safety Department and the SABC. Namola went national in November 2017 and is helping hundreds of South African users #GetHelpFast each […]

When the worst happens

Talking to one of the safety initiatives in our town, one of the directors told me about an accident where a biker had a head-on collision with a vehicle. The incident was filmed and someone on scene could be heard saying “What do I do, what do I do?” and proceeded to call the police, […]

Tech savvy? Make sure you’re also tech safe

Brought to you by Technology is an integral part of our daily lives. At the tap of a button you can make friends, support social causes and find a date. But the increasingly social dimension of technology also potentially compromises our safety and security. Social media makes it easier for someone to locate and track […]

If every good person in South Africa raised their hand

Last year, a student in my adoptive hometown of Stellenbosch was brutally murdered. As happens when tragedy strikes, a lot of discussions go around about why it happened, what could have been done to prevent it, and where to now. But what has stuck with me ever since, was the reaction of the grieving parents. […]

What happens to a child in a car crash?

Brought to you by  As a parent, your first thought in a motor vehicle accident is about the safety of your child. But many parents do not use car seats properly. 1 out of every 4 parents admits to not buckling up their children on every single car trip. Road accidents are the leading cause […]

Tshwane resident assists at double accident scene

The more time you spend on the road, the higher your chances of witnessing accidents. And the more opportunities you get to help. Stopping at the scene of a motor vehicle accident just outside Tshwane and requesting emergency assistance, Petrus Vermeulen didn’t realise that his one deed would serve two needs. “About 100 meters from […]

From the Inside:Weaving the community safety net

The beginning of the year is a time of hope for many — especially for our future leaders who are enrolling at tertiary education institutions across the country. Young adults are a catalyst for change because they see the world clearly for what it ought to be, unencumbered by the cynicism or weariness that tends […]

Proactive community triumphs in Hanover Park

In the gang-ridden neighbourhood of Hanover Park, residents are combating crime together. Community members made a citizen’s arrest when a lady — waiting to see a doctor with her baby — was robbed at gunpoint at the Hanover Park Day Hospital. As gang violence cripples Hanover Park, parents worry about their children’s safety and community […]