GAUTENG SAFETY MONITORS TO HELP CURB TOURIST-RELATED CRIME
The impact of crime on tourists has been a topical issue, particularly in light of incidents reported in the media over the past couple of months. We thus welcome news of an initiative by the National Department of Tourism, in partnership with the Gauteng Tourism Agency, to pilot the Tourism Safety Monitor Project. The project will see unemployed youth vetted and then trained to improve safety and security visibility in tourist areas.
This initiative comes a long way as one of the proposals that was put forward by the private sector for consideration, and we are pleased to see that this is finally coming into fruition. Understanding the extent of the challenge that the South African Police Service and other law enforcement agencies are facing, we are under no illusion that this initiative is THE answer – however, improving safety and security visibility in tourist areas has been proven in other parts of the world to deter criminal activity. We certainly hope this pilot will go a long way in achieving this goal and that its success can translate into it being replicated in other parts of the country. Not only is this a good news story for tourism but also for the unemployed youth who will now be employed and have a chance to contribute to making the travel and tourism environment safer.