When good people share common purpose.

Weskus Distrik Municipality took the lead to consolidate and coordinate a Community and Rural Safety plan for the West Coast region. The exciting initiative aligns the activities of all local municipalities, the South African Police Services, Provincial Traffic, and various other role players.

Coordinating emergency.

The first of its kind in a District Municipality, activities will be coordinated from the West Coast Distrik’s Disaster Management Centre in Moorreesburg. It is fully aligned with a SAPS Operational Command Centre and has been styled as ERPOC (Emergency Response and Prevention Centre).

The Centre is a modern, high-tech facility, is linked to 25 police stations in the district, and covers all five local municipalities.

Operational objectives.

  • A nodal point of information and coordination.
  • Data collection and dissemination.
  • Encourage teamwork among stakeholders while respecting each other’s specific responsibilities.
  • Promote Proactivity, Prevention, and Reaction.

Executive commitment.

The initiative was launched in August by Major General Dyanti (SAPS Commissioner for the West Coast), Executive Mayor Boffie Strydom (Weskus Distrik Municipality), Executive Mayor Harold Cleophas (Swartland Municipality) and Franquin Petersen (Head of Disaster Centre).

Major General Dyanti said that the August launch of the Centre was the culmination of many months of planning. He is positive that the Centre will contribute immensely to reducing crime in the region. Weskus Distrik’s Executive Mayor noted that the Centre was the first of its kind in the Western Cape and is enthusiastic about the role it will play in enabling social cohesion and creating a safer environment for commerce and leisure.

When good people share common purpose, good things happen.

Franquin Petersen
Head of Disaster Centre
Weskus Distrik Municipality.

West Coast District Municipality

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