The Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI) was established at the University of Cape Town in 2010 through the Vice-Chancellor’s Strategic Fund, and has become one of the university’s four multi-disciplinary Strategic Initiatives.
International Conference on Violence Prevention
UCT SAVI and the Global Campaign for Violence Prevention will be hosting an international conference on ‪violence prevention titled 'Preventing Violence: From Scientific Excellence to Effective Practice'. The conference will be held‬ from the 8-9...


Friday, 26 August 2016

SaVI and the World Health Organization's Global Campaign for Violence Prevention are inviting abstracts for papers to be given at an  international multi-disciplinary conference titled, ''Violence Prevention: From Scientific Excellence to Effective Practice'', taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, from 8-9 September 2016.

Publication Date:
Monday, April 4, 2016 - 10:30

We are pleased to announce the launch of Gang Town by Don Pinnock.  This publication was partly sponsored by the University of Cape Town through UCT SaVI and the Centre of Criminology.

Publication Date:
Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 11:15

UCT SaVI's Guy Lamb explores a key strategy used by SAPS to address the high levels of firearm violence in South Africa - ''that of militarised high density policing operations in the context of a 'war on crime' ideology.''

Publication Date:
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 09:15

''Gangsterism and drug abuse have become one of the latest ‘nightmares’ or ‘scourges’ to taint South Africa’s dream of an inclusive democracy...''


In UCT SaVI's latest At the Coalface publication, Simon Howell investigates the responses of communities on the 'Cape Flats' to gangsterism and 'Tik'. Edits by Laura Freeman and images by Shaun Swingler. 

Publication Date:
Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 09:00