University of Johannesburg leads innovation in student safety

Simon Nndwamato is a University of Johannesburg student on a mission to help keep his fellow students keep safe. A committed safety ambassador on campus, Nndwamato has made a personal commitment to get his peers to embrace Namola to help keep them safe.

“Namola gives me a sense of security and the hope that my fellow students can enjoy their time at university without having to look over their shoulders in fear.”

Nndwamato was first introduced to Namola by Professor Thea De Wet, Director of the Centre for Academic Technologies at the university. As part of a larger drive to get students to make use of technology to enhance their academic and university experience, De Wet recommended Namola as one of the top 5 apps that the faculty is promoting.

“Students on campuses across the country are not immune to crime and safety issues. Downloading safety applications like Namola gives them an extra layer of protection,” says de Wet. “It is inspiring and commendable to see Simon doing this work with his peers, doing his bit to ensure student safety both on and off campus.”

“As a resident of Thembisa, I am not new to crime. I have witnessed violence and I have been made to feel unsafe. Sometimes there is nothing you can do except run away and hope that there are no fatalities. Students should feel safe. If Namola enables that, then we all need to download it,” says Nndwamato.

Following De Wet’s initial recommendation, and Nndwamato’s enthusiastic app demonstrations on campus, University of Johannesburg students have been downloading and signing up for Namola. “Simon told us about Namola during orientation and said the all will help keep students safe,” says first year student Omphile Mphahlele. “Some of us travel long distances each day. Namola is already giving me peace of mind and is helping me feel more secure in the city. As a female student, it is often hard to feel at ease walking in the city. Namola is  helping to reduce the fear by being instantly accessible 24/7.”

The University of Johannesburg and Namola are teaming up in an effort to keep students safe – on and off campus. Schools and universities across South Africa are urged to enhance safety on their campuses by encouraging students, learners and their families to download Namola FREE to #GetHelpFast.

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