Safety Month to showcase 2010 readiness

Monday, February 9, 2009

Eastern Cape - Safety Month, which is marked in February, is to be used to showcase the Eastern Cape's preparations towards ensuring the safety and security of visitors and residents during the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

MEC for Housing and Safety and Liaison, Thobile Mhlahlo said it was important for people to feel safe in the province when they arrive for the world cup.

"We will use this month and the remaining period to intensify our efforts of making this province a safe destination for 2010 and beyond.

"We will intensify our efforts to fight crime and also ensure that our security preparations for the world cup are on track," he said.

Events planned throughout Safety Month will be focused on mass community mobilisation against crime and strengthening of existing crime fighting initiatives in the province.

MEC Mhlahlo will also during this month visit the world cup stadium and the various sites where South African Police Services members will be deployed, the newly upgraded Mdantsane Police stations, and host debates at schools on strategies to deal with crime.

The safety programme will conclude with a Safety and Security 2010 Summit to be held in Nelson Mandela Bay in March.