Urban Safety Reference Group

The Urban Safety Reference Group is convened by the South African Cities Network (SACN) with the support of the GIZ-Inclusive Violence and Crime Prevention Programme (VCP). Members include managers responsible for safety from the SACN member cities (other secondary cities and municipalities may be invited to join), representatives of selected national government institutions, the SACN (secretariat and host) and GIZ-VCP (convening partner). Other relevant national government departments, relevant provincial departments, and possibly civil society organisations/researchers, may on occasion be invited to meetings, depending on the topic.


  • Serve as a platform for peer-to-peer learning and knowledge sharing amongst practitioners on urban safety.
  • Provide a space for regular interaction and networking between city practitioners and national departments directly relevant to the governance of urban safety, to enhance the legislative/ policy/ fiscal environment and support cities to make an optimal contribution to promoting community safety.
  • Serve as a mechanism to identify topical matters requiring lobbying and interaction with other spheres of government, the private sector and other stakeholders.
  • Provide a contact point for structured engagement between South African municipalities and international urban safety networks (e.g. UCLGA, Global Network on Safer Cities). 


Media Coverage

  • The State of Urban Safety in South Africa Report, generated media coverage after the launch. To view all the media coverage and interviews please click here.