Klerksdorp- The District Disaster Risk Management Centre, a service delivery wing of the Public Safety Portfolio in the Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality is a proud recipient of three surveillance cameras donated by Rio Casino Resort, a Peermont Hotels run leisure business. The cameras donated form part of the 48 safety cameras scattered around the region and assists the District, law enforcement institutions and the South African Police Service (SAPS) to detect, stop planned crime and its patterns prior and as it takes place.
Regional Manager of Rio Casino Clive Tarvener considers the donation not only an investment into the wellbeing of the business community, but more of a social responsibility programme. “We all want a safe Central Business District and this is why we donated the equipment. In fact, we might even extend our hand of assist as we are discussing a possible re-donation,” says Tarverner.
District Executive Mayor Boitumelo Moloi says the equipment donation comes at a time the District Council was reviewing the crime surveillance project’s relevance as it does not form part of the Council’s service delivery mandate. However, the Executive Mayor ceased the opportunity to challenge mainstream businesses operating within the District to adopt Rio Casino’s example of partnering with government to combat crime through similar corporate social investments programmes. “The safety camera systems put up in the entire District amounts to R12million a year and the project may have to close shop without assistance from private business.
Acting Director of the District Disaster Risk Management Centre Richard Lesar says the three cameras donated have been in operation for a year. Police records show that less crime has been reported in zones where these cameras are installed. ”Looking at the results thereof, it’s only fair to say that the project is fruitful to all. We want this project to spread onto the N12 National Road as it passes through the three local municipalities in the district.”
The project started in Matlosana and was taken over by the Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District Municipality and expanded to entire District in 2005. Of the 48 cameras, Klerksdorp area has the highest number at 29, Potchefstroom 12, Wolmaranstad 3, with Ventersdorp and Orkney having 2 each respectively.
Rio Casino’s Clive Tarvener, DRKKDM Executive Mayor Boitumelo Moloi and MMC for DRKKDM Disaster Risk Management Mokgadi Dlamini at one of the Crime Surveillance Control Centres in Klerksdorp.