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Mayor Mashaba launches festive season safety campaign

City of Joburg, Executive Mayor Cllr Herman Mashaba engaged with motorists and business owners on the importance of being vigilant against crime and obeying by-laws, as part of the City’s Festive Season Safety Campaign.

“Our festive season falls within the summer school holiday period, a time when many businesses scale down their operations, families go on holiday and, parks and shopping centres see an increase in visitors. “Unfortunately, this is also the time of year when criminal elements take advantage of the relaxed atmosphere in our communities; resulting in homes or businesses being burgled.  “This year, we have already seen an early increase in robberies at shopping centres, with cell-phone stores, jewellery stores and cash-in-transit vehicles being targeted,” Mashaba said.

The Department of Public Safety has embarked on intensive Safety Education Outreach Activations within major malls in all seven regions, with the aim of informing members of the public and business owners alike of risks, and being vigilant.

“As we launch our Festive Season Safety Campaign, I urge for resident’s full cooperation, and remind residents that we are all responsible for own actions. Our actions either impact the lives of others in a negative or positive manner. Let’s go into the festive season with a focus on the latter,” Mashaba advised.

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