MeMeZa Shout Crime Prevention was started in 2012 as a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) specialising in innovative Connected Community Safety Technology. Its focus is on lower income communities, where it provides alarm systems and panic buttons to poor households.
In February 2015 the Vodacom Foundation partnered with MeMeZa, Diepsloot Police Station, the Centre for Public Service Innovation, and the Innovation Hub to install 600 lowcost alarm systems in homes across the township. The alarm system is made from low-cost materials and consists of an exterior and interior sensor equipped with panic buttons to alert the police, medical personnel and the fire department to emergencies. The alarm systems are programmed to send SMSs to police sector vehicles, neighbours and community policing forum members, allowing for quicker response times.
As Mrs Thuli Mthethwa, founder MeMeZa Community Safety, notes: “Vodacom’s funding of the piloting of the first community based, pay-as-you go sector alarms in Diepsloot is having an unprecedented positive impact beyond imagination. Poor and vulnerable people now also feel safe and protected in their low cost houses in informal settlements. Vodacom has helped protect up to 6 000 families, amongst them the very old and vulnerable.”