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Private-public moves to slash risk

“When we address the risks in communities, we also make our communities safer.”

This, according to the Executive Mayor of the Cape Winelands District (CWDM), Dr Elna von Schlicht, at a recent event celebrating the signing of the memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Santam and the District Municipality.

The partnership referred to as the Partnership for Risk and Resilience, aims to increase safety in communities by mitigating risk factors. “This is the sixth MOU that we are signing,” said John Lomberg, Head of Stakeholder Relations and CSI at Santam in his address. “The agreement is based on a three year cycle. During the first year we look at Key Challenges, in the second we see how we can make the solutions sustainable and during the final year we start the exit process, which allows for skills development.”

This approach to the partnership makes sure more municipalities and more people can benefit from the project. Santam also brought their co-partners, Sasria, along to assist in rolling out some identified projects.

CWDM has identified its support of disaster management projects as ideal for this partnership. “One only needs to listen to the news to know that we live in a dangerous world, in which climate change is wreaking havoc and crime and related activities are on the rise, to mention a few,” said Von Schlicht.

“We are really thrilled Santam has recognised the value of partnering with us to help address how we can work together to make our communities safer in these difficult times.”

The CWDM’s Disaster Management unit has identified several other projects to benefit, including promoting awareness of rivers in flood, swimming in dams/rivers, lighting fires carelessly and risks in informal settlements.

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