Local women take on missing persons

2017-06-13 09:01

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Local women in council flats will drive a new initiative aimed at fast-tracking missing person cases, particularly when children disappear.

People’s Post previously reported on the City of Cape Town’s women in rental stock programme which was piloted in Kewtown last year (“Women take project further”, 15 May).

The initiative aims to ensure a fast response through coordination of various roleplayers when a person goes missing. These roleplayers include the City, the police, NGOs and communities.

The initiative is being rolled out in Athlone, Hanover Park, Lavender Hill, Lotus River and Manenberg.

The City’s social development and early childhood development department will, with the local ward councillors and community structures, identify candidates to act as suburb coordinators. Training will be provided to communities on how to coordinate, respond to, report and participate in a missing person case, including using social media.

“The hours immediately following a person disappearing present a small window of opportunity to find them. Recent research has revealed that it takes as little as two hours to move a person out of the province. It is therefore imperative that we are able to launch a well-coordinated response as soon as possible,” says JP Smith, Mayco member for safety, security, and social services.

Among others, the initiative aims to:
. raise the alarm with the suburb coordinator;
. make photographs and a description of clothing worn available for briefing search parties, pamphlets and social media;
. alert City enforcement agencies to shut down access to the suburb, search all vehicles and use CCTV and public address systems to warn the community; and
. mobilise community search parties.

“We’re starting the initiative in our communities where the women in rental stock programme is in place because they are already active in their communities and familiar with the landscape. This is in line with our organisational development and transformation plan, which seeks to bring services and assistance closer to communities.

“The success of this initiative will depend on those involved. We’re losing too many children to predators and while this initiative is not a silver bullet, it is a start to ensuring a more comprehensive response during those critical hours in the immediate aftermath of a kidnapping or disappearance,” adds Smith.

In another child safety initiative, the Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department hosted an event in Parow on Thursday last week to mark International Children’s Day.

The purpose of the event was to tell children, parents and early childhood development (ECD) staff about the rights and responsibilities of a child and to inform parents how to provide an adequate standard of living for their children’s physical, mental and social development.

“The well-being of children is everyone’s responsibility. This includes parents, the community, and all three spheres of government. Children who start out with a solid basic education grow into more productive and socially confident adults. A child’s basic education starts with the early childhood development centre that he attends and that is why it is so important that each of the more than 2500 ECD centres in Cape Town are registered so that each child is given a fair opportunity to prosper and grow,” says Smith.

The event gave the children an opportunity to showcase their talents and the stages in their growth through recitations and songs. Parents were educated on the importance of a good quality ECD programme and the importance of child safety.
ECD operators were informed how to improve and implement a quality ECD programme.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
Behind the sparkle

Alluring, beautiful and timeless - diamonds are some of the most sought after gems in the world and are a true testament of everlasting brilliance. Let us take you behind the sparkle to show you the history behind this coveted jewel.

Embracing sustainability in tobacco agriculture

In Sub-Saharan Africa, farming represents a subsistence lifestyle for millions of people. In recent years though, the development of farming into an economic activity has made a real change in how the land is used in providing for the population.

/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.