New VPUU offices open in Khayelitsha

2016-02-25 06:00
 VPUU CEO Michael Krouse during the launce of the projects new offices in Harare Square on Friday.  PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

VPUU CEO Michael Krouse during the launce of the projects new offices in Harare Square on Friday. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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The Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading project has opened new offices in Harare, Khayelitsha.

VPUU is a City of Cape Town project aimed at reducing violent crime and improving social conditions in Cape Town communities across the Cape Flats.

On Friday, the project launched its offices at the Harare Square which coincided with their decade of working with the community. According to CEO Michael Krouse the new facility is just one of many achievements made by the organisation in its first decade.

“When we began working in this area, the building was derelict, crime was rife and it was pretty much neglected, however statistics reveal that incidents of murder and robbery have dropped by 53% in the area compared to the 30% in broader Khayelitsha. This has been as a result of the good working relationship between the community as well as the leadership,” said Krouse.

He said that there were indications that the community was feeling a little safer than before, according to a recent safety survey. The office will accommodate 16 employees from the project while its head office still remains in observatory.

“We would like to relay renewed commitment to the course of violence prevention in the community,” said Krouse.

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