Eastern Cape puts safety first

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The Eastern Cape region of South Africa designated February 2009 as 'Safety Month'.

The Eastern Cape region of South Africa designated February 2009 as 'Safety Month', in order to showcase the region's preparations towards ensuring the safety and security of visitors and residents during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Thobile Mhlahlo, in charge of Housing, Safety and Liaison, said it was important for people to feel safe in the province when they arrive for the global football event. "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 held throughout Safety Month have so far focused on mass community mobilisation against crime and strengthening of existing crime fighting initiatives in the province. Mhlahlo was also due to visit the World Cup stadium this month 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 2009.

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