THIS week the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality launched a plan to enhance security across the Metro.
Executive Mayor Danny Jordaan said the Metro was clamping down on crime in a determined drive to create a safer city for all residents, property owners, tourists and businesses.
“The Metro is working closely with the police, strengthening video surveillance in hotspot areas and bolstering peace-keeping with the introduction of the MBDA’s Security Programme forces. We are determined to make this city a great place to live and work in and visit,” Jordaan said.
The plan, which is part of the Take Back the Metro initiative, includes the consolidation and integration of security resources and assets between SAPS, the Police Boards, NGOs, the Municipality, and the MBDA for a comprehensive and sustained plan across the Metro.
MBDA Chief Executive Dr Pierre Voges said this cooperative spirit between private sector security and official authorities was reflective of a global trend that sought to combat the growing challenges of criminal activity everywhere.
“The clean-up is a priority that will also support greater investment flows into the CBD and inner city. Safe, clean areas will also boost our important tourism industries – so vital for job creation and sustained economic growth in the region. Property owners will benefit from higher values for their real estate assets in the long-term, the safety of 13 000 people and 6 000 households in the CBD will be improved, and businesses can look forward to better security.”
Voges said it was vital to understand the impact of safety and security as a critical enabler for investment in Nelson Mandela Bay.