Safety. Violence


CityLab Symposium

The African Centre for Cities’ CityLab programme facilitates the co-production of policy-relevant knowledge to reduce urban poverty through the engagement of researchers, government officials and civil society. Started in 2008, the CityLab programme created a platform for interaction between practitioners and researchers and has generated a wide range of different kinds of knowledge on Cape […]

Stepping Stone Part 2 – Ceasefire

Mercy Brown-Luthango

In 2014, the Urban Violence CityLab collaborated with the Tafelsig People’s Association (TPA), First Community Research Centre (FCRC), UCT TV Studio and the UCT Centre for Film and Media Studies on an initiative that equipped four young people with basic film-making and media skills.

Stepping Stone Part 1 – Tafelsig

Mercy Brown-Luthango

In 2014, the Urban Violence CityLab collaborated with the Tafelsig People’s Association (TPA), First Community Research Centre (FCRC), UCT TV Studio and the UCT Centre for Film and Media Studies on an initiative that equipped four young people with basic film-making and media skills.

Enhancing Safety through Upgrading – Experiences from Cape Town

Mercy Brown-Luthango

Improving safety is a key outcome of the South African policy on upgrading informal settlements. Yet little is known about the impact urban upgrading has on improving safety and reducing violence in these settlements. In this article, Dr Mercy Brown-Luthango from the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town shares preliminary findings from a research project […]

Integrated Participatory Upgrading

Mercy Brown-Luthango

The ACC hosted the third meeting of the Urban Violence, Safety and Governance CityLab on June 26, 2014. The meeting focussed on the theme, ‘Integrated, Participatory Upgrading – Knowledge, Policy and Practice.’

Options for Reducing Violence in South African Cities

South Africa is home to some of the world’s most violent cities, with homicide rates well above global and national averages. While the homicide rate is a strong indicator of urban violence, it does not capture non-lethal violence, which is often hidden from public view, in the home or in institutions. In order to create […]

Mainstreaming Urban Safety & Inclusion in South Africa

A four-day course for municipal officials and other practitioners to discuss violence and its prevention, key concepts, safer cities strategies, policy frameworks, urban upgrading for violence prevention, and associated methodologies. A day-long field trip will observe measures taken in practice. The focus will be on mainstreaming issues of safety and inclusion in South African urban […]