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City hosts Africa Forum for Urban Safety (AFUS) Bureau meeting
Collective information sharing among African cities was cited as pivotal in strengthening safer cities practices in order to realise urban safety goals at the Africa Forum for Urban Safety (AFUS) Bureau meeting. The meeting was held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on 27 and 28 June. 

During the event, held in partnership by the City and key stakeholders including AFUS member cities and UN Habitat, various points including the report on the AFUS strategic plan, the forum’s legal framework, as well as the learning exchange were presented. 

Acting eThekwini Mayor Fawzia Peer, acting in her capacity as the AFUS Chairperson opened the meeting by highlighting the Municipality’s significant contribution of resources towards the realisation of 2030 goals which include safety, inclusivity, resilience and sustainability. “A particular focus in this regard is the effectiveness of our municipal integrated development plans that we seek to review and further improve through such knowledge exchange and lesson learning,” said Councillor Peer.  

Senior Manager for the Safer Cities Unit Nomusa Shembe, while presenting on the City Safety Audit and the City Safety Laboratory, listed what has been achieved thus far including Council approving cooperation between institutions of higher learning and the Municipality as well as the commencement of engagements to develop the Safety Curriculum and Lab. Shembe also highlighted some of the findings that emerged from the safety audit, listing drugs and alcohol as some of the main concerns. “Easily available drugs and alcohol is still one of the most concerning challenges in our communities,” said Shembe. 

Coordinator for the Safer Cities Programme within UN Habitat, Juma Assiago, spoke on the role of the City in addressing crime, violence and insecurity. “Safety is a key driver of the urban development agenda and safety is currently a hot topic which is why we hope that the guidelines in this forum will be adopted into regional guidelines,” said Assiago

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