19 Feb 2020, Hout Bay

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A great example of how Buzzer may not only help to keep you safe and informed in your street, but even when you are out on the mountain.

This afternoon, a female hiker who was climbing Chapman’s peak came across a 70-year old man who was dehydrated and unable to come down the mountain. She decided to BUZZ for help and at 4:15 pm she submitted a ‘Medical alert’ via her Buzzer app, which was immediately picked up by Watchcon. Instant help was quickly dispatched and sent to the right place, thanks to the ability of the app to adequately pinpoint the exact GPS location of the patient and stay in contact with the reporter. Hout Bay CCP’s Fareed, Luc, Jarryd and Glen hiked up the mountain and assisted in safely transporting the patient down and making sure he got adequate medical care. This could have ended very differently if the patient hadn’t received such swift response.. …


Three years ago, two women came together in a Coffee shop in Hout Bay to talk about safety and emergency response. We, Keri and Jess, had different backgrounds, but a strong shared passion: to make Hout Bay, and eventually South Africa and many other areas, a safer place for EVERYONE.

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Keri is South African by background and grew up in … . When she moved into the Penzance area in Hout Bay in 20.. , the area was hit by violent robberies approximately 30 times a month. Keri decided to take matters into her own hands and organise the neighborhood. They put in place cameras, fences, a guard hut and most importantly a network of neighbours and volunteer responders who would step in to help each other if something happened. The rate of crime in Penzance dropped to nearly 0%. She was then asked to help other areas, one thing led to another.. …


As citizens, expats and tourists in South Africa we are blessed with some of the most amazing natural, cultural and culinary riches in the world. Unfortunately this beautiful country also has some less charming sides that keep us on our toes: petty and violent crimes, fires, some of the worst road safety statistics in the world, the occasional venomous reptile roaming a backyard and so on. On top of that there is the fact that formal emergency response structures are often slow, understaffed, inadequately trained or even nonexistent in some areas.

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Evidently, people turn to their neighbours and their local community to stay informed and safe, and the neighborhood Whatsapp group has been on the rise for several years. It is a great way to connect to each other and to share what’s happening in the area. But where such groups can be an incredibly useful source of information and connection, they can just as easily become a source of irritating trivialities and even breed division and hatred. …

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