Charity: Memeza Shout Crime Prevention
Elmarie holds a Post Graduate in Project Management, NQF Level 8. She also has 14 years’ experience as Executive Manager of Customer Operations and Sales Channels. She has expertise in developing client services and streamlining delivery of products/ services in Telecommunications industry.
Elmarie has been selected for a second term on the Vodacom Change the World programme, working as a Programme and Project Manager for Memeza Shout Crime Prevention.
Memeza Shout Crime Prevention protects the vulnerable and uplift communities through ICT. They contribute towards the prevention and reduction of crime and violence against all vulnerable people in South Africa.
They promote community safety through ensuring participation and cohesion of communities. Their overall strategy is aimed at supporting government’s on-going efforts to build better and safer communities in South Africa.
In short, they are about bringing people together and mobilising communities in time of need through the use of safety devices and systems.
In 2015 Memeza deployed over 800 Community Alarms + 5 000 Personal Alarms to the vulnerable. The impact thus far has been a 9% reduction in the murder rate and 26% reduction of sexual offences in Diepsloot. In total the project will touch over 45 300 vulnerable families. Through Vodacom's partnership the concept of Community Safety enabled through ICT has been proven and awareness has been created at a National Government level.
Elmarie will be focusing on the following 4 projects during her second term:
- Deploy Community Alarms to No Fee Paying Schools Nationally;
- Integrate the technology with VC DSD GBV Command Centre;
- Include WiFi to provide access portal in rural/township environments to the Vodacom E-School portal; and
- Package and retail the solution through Vodacom. Crime is a huge challenge in SA and although a significant impact was made in year 1, more time and expertise will be needed to ensure a fully integrated, sustainable solution to be made available to the vulnerable.