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.
Save the date for the 2018 Conference
Save the date for the 2018 Conference
Save the date for the 2018 SaVI Conference titled: "Violence Prevention, Safety Promotion and the Sustainable Development Goals". The Conference will take place on 15 and 16 October 2018 at the River Club in Observatory.
Safe-Up UCT smartphone app
UCT’s Safety and Violence Initiative has developed Safe-Up UCT, a smartphone app that will allow students and staff to easily submit reports about safety issues on campus...
Why have university protests been so violent?
UCT SAVI Director, Guy Lamb, highlights how factors that fuel male aggression are key to understanding this worrying phenomenon...
SaferSpaces is an online knowledge sharing and networking portal for community safety as well as violence and crime prevention practitioners from government, civil society and the research community in South Africa. The portal focuses on...


Saturday, 26 May 2018
The industry transformed and captured through violence: hitmen empowering themselves

SaVI researcher, Azwi Netshikulwe, discusses how hitmen have taken control of the taxi industry. Read more here:

Publication Date:
Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 09:30
Xenophobia and outsider exclusion: Community profiles

SaVI partnered with the African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), University of Witwatersrand and Freedom House to undertake rapid conflict assessments in 16 at-risk communities in South Africa. The findings of this research are presented in a report titled: "Xenophobia and outsider exclusion: Addressing frail social cohesion in South Africa's diverse communities".

Publication Date:
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 14:15
World Bank Fragility Forum 2018
SaVI to present at the World Bank Fragility Forum 2018

On 5 March 2018, Guy Lamb will be part of a panel on Managing Risks and Preventing Violence in Urban Areas. Under the theme Managing Risks for Peace and Stability, the 2018 Fragility Forum brings together policy makers and practitioners from humanitarian, development, peace and security communities to share practical solutions and explore innovative ways to improve development approaches to foster peace and stability.

Publication Date:
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 09:15
SaVI presents at Parliamentary Forum on small arms and light weapons

On 3 March 2018 SaVI researcher, Matthew Skade, gave a presentation at the Pan African Parliamentary Forum on small arms and light weapons (SALW).  The Forum is the only international organisation constituted by, with and for parliamentarians, specifically working with issues of prevention and reduction of SALW-related violence. It gathers over 200 members across party political lines in approximately 80 countries across Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East. Its overall objective is to contribute to the achievement of more peaceful and developed societies by parliamentary action against armed violence to increase human security.

Publication Date:
Monday, March 5, 2018 - 11:30