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Western Cape Neighbourhood Watch Accreditation : westerncape.gov.za

Organisation : Department of Community Safety (Western Cape Government)
Facility Name : Neighbourhood Watch Accreditation
Applicable For : Residents of Western Cape
Province : Western Cape
Website : https://www.westerncape.gov.za/general-publication/neighbourhood-watch-nhw

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What is Western Cape Neighbourhood Watch Accreditation?

Western Cape Neighbourhood Watch Accreditation and Support Programme neighbourhood watch that’s aimed at regulating and supporting the functions of accredited Neighbourhood Watch structures.

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The NHW model is a whole-of-society approach to prevent crime and violence. It encourages and empowers citizens to participate in preventing and responding to crime and violence in their communities. The Neighbourhood Watch Accreditation and Support Programme is aligned to Section 6 of the Western Cape Community Safety Act of 2013.

The NHW Accreditation and Support Programme aims to:
** Provide support to accredited NHW to become sustainable and capable safety partners within Government and communities.
** Acknowledge and recognise the efforts of accredited NHW and their contribution to safety.
** Identify and document safety concerns within communities.

All NHW must first apply for Accreditation to the Western Cape Department of Community Safety (DoCS). Once approved for accreditation, NHW becomes eligible for resourcing, training and funding.

Accreditation of Neighbourhood Watch

When your Neighbourhood Watch NHW is approved and accredited they will receive an Accreditation Certificate as well as a “Starter Kit”. The accreditation certificate is valid for 2 years and must be renewed 3 months before expiration so that the accreditation does not lapse.

Accredited Neighbourhood Watch:
As of 21 January 2021, 322 NHWs across the Western Cape had been formally accredited.

Training For Neighbourhood Watch

As part of the Neighbourhood Watch Accreditation and Support Programme, the Western Cape Department of Community Safety (DoCS) offers various training courses free of charge. DOCS will provide all logistics for the training. The training is provided within communities throughout the Western Cape at a community hall within the area.

The training NHWs can receive, includes the following:
** Basic NHW Training;
** Meeting Skills;
** Basic Finance;
** Conflict Management and Mediation;
** Basic Fire Fighting, and
** First Aid Level 1

These training modules are the first steps towards developing a comprehensive curriculum for NHWs. The “Basic Training” is compulsory for all NHWs in the Province and is viewed as the “Orientation” phase of NHW training.

Resources For Neighbourhood Watch

All accredited Neighbourhood Watches qualify for and are issued with a “Starter Kit” that contains the following:

** Reflective vests
** Torches
** Strobe lights for the vehicles
** Magnetic decals
** A first aid kit
** A fire extinguisher
** Safety whistles
** A storage box

The new NHW brand:
The DoCS has embarked on a journey to transform NHWs in the Western Cape. This included changing the brand and creating a strategy to actively recruit more people to become members of their local accredited NHW. Read more about the new strategy, branding and the Neighbourhood Watch Volunteerism Campaign here.

Funding For Neighbourhood Watch

The Department of Community Safety has developed a funding model that make funds available in support of accredited Neighbourhood Watchs. A maximum amount of R10 000 is available for each accredited NHW, one payment only per financial year. It should be noted that funding for subsequent financial years will be subject to the budget allocation made to the Department and therefore not guaranteed.

To access the funding, the NHW will be required to complete the official documentation and submit it to the Department. This documentation is aligned with the Public Finance Management Act (PMFA) and is subject to the terms and conditions set out by the Department.

Funding is based on budget availability and payment will be made once the documents have been verified for compliance. The funds may be used to cover bank charges, administration costs and/or towards the operational needs of the NWH structure.

Neighbourhood Watch Helpline

For more information on the NHW Accreditation and Support Programme, please contact

Tel: 021 483 7813
Email: Neighbourhood.Watch [AT] westerncape.gov.za, or alternatively:

Fagroodien Johnson (Assistant Manager)
Email: Fagrodien.Johnson [AT] westerncape.gov.za
Tel: 021 483 7893

Athenkosi Musoke
Email: Athenkosi.Musoke [AT] westerncape.gov.za
Tel: 021 483 6995

Gary Cornberg
Email: Gary.Cornberg [AT] westerncape.gov.za
Tel: 021 483 7855

Fadia Ismail
Email: Fadia.Ismail [AT] westerncape.gov.za
Tel: 021 483 7834

Sonwabile Mabuwa
Email: Sonwabile.Mabuwa [AT] westerncape.gov.za
Tel: 021 483 8275

Kirstie Bagarette
Email: Kirstie.Bagarette [AT] westerncape.gov.za
Tel: 021 483 7813

Operating Office Hours: 07:00 – 16:00

If you’d like to set-up a meeting with the NHW Team:
Members of the public must make an appointment telephonically at (021) 483 7813 / (021) 483 7855/ (021) 483 6331 / (021) 483 8275 to confirm a date and time.

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