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ELECTRICITY INTERRUPTION ON 21 OCTOBER 2018

Residents are advised of a proposed electricity shutdown on SUNDAY, 21 OCTOBER 2018, between the hours of 08h00 and 16h00, in various areas of Nelson Mandela Bay, caused by the temporary shutdown of the College Drive Substation, to allow repairs and maintenance to be carried out on a local transformer.  

Areas affected: Mill Park, St. Georges Park (only end of College Drive Road), Glendinningvale, Greenacres, Scotstown.

Streets affected: Ascot Road, Barris Walk Street, Bradshaw Street, Churchill Road, College Drive, Conyngham Road, Cape Road, Dene Road, Fairford Road, Highbeech Road, Lenox Street, McLean Road, Mill Park Road, Mortimer Road, Nightingale Street, Ramsay Lane, Salisbury Avenue, Wares Road, Way Avenue, Wembley Road, Westview Drive, Woodville Road, Young Road. 

All installations must be treated as live for the duration of the outage. - Apologies are tendered for any inconvenience caused.

Shotspotter technology proves to be innovative aid in Helenvale law enforcement

"Criminals must know that we are trying more innovate ways to deal with crime prevention and law enforcement and the successful implementation of Shotspotter technology is just one of the ways we are dealing with this evil.”

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor Athol Trollip made this pertinent statement at a press conference held jointly with American company, Shotspotter Incorporated, and the Municipality at the Port Elizabeth City Hall today.

Mayor Trollip said barring the necessary funding allocation, the roll-out of this technology will be considered for other crime-ridden areas in future.

Shotspotter Technology, piloted in Helenvale since October 2017, entails the strategic placement of acoustic sensors that immediately informs law enforcement of gunshots and provides precise information of the location of the crime.

The consideration for a broader roll-out of the R3 million project, follows seventeen arrests by the gang unit of the South African Services and arrests for attempted murder and possession of unlicensed firearms amongst others.

Member of the Mayoral Committee for Safety and Security, Cllr John Best, said before the launch of this technology in October last year, a two-week trial period showed that 99% of the shots discharged in Helenvale are not reported to the police.

"Initially we noticed a lot of gunshots in the old Helenvale area and with the technology aiding the South African Police Services (SAPS), the gang unit and the Metro Police, we could zero in on the problematic areas.

"We had about 15 streets where regular gunshot incidents occurred. This came down to about three streets at the moment.

"Three suspects were arrested for attempted murder, three for possession of firearms without a valid license, one murder suspect was arrested and we recovered a shotgun with 54 rounds as well as a 9 mm gun.

"This morning, I was informed by the SAPS gang unit that they arrested seventeen suspects on suspicion of gang activity since 26 October.

"In all these instances suspects were arrested when the Metro Police and SAPS responded to Shotspotter notifications following the discharge of firearms,” said MMC Best.

Shotspotter Incorporated was founded by an engineer mathematician in the United States of America and has been in business for more than twenty years.

Ralph Clark, President and Chief Executive Officer, said Nelson Mandela Bay is not unique when it comes to the under-reporting of gun violence.

"In the USA about 10% of all gun violence is reported by residents. When gun violence is not reported, the police cannot respond and as a result gun violence become normalised.

"By enabling the police to respond to these events in real time, we can then communicate to the community that the police do care and build trusting relationships and community capacity to address gun violence.

"We have three deployments in South Africa and the thing I have been the most impressed with here in Nelson Mandela Bay is the cooperation and collaboration between your local Metro Police and SAPS as collaboration between different agencies and different stakeholders is crucial.

"The statistics MMC Best has shared are very impressive but I cannot emphasize enough that they are short term statistics. The most interesting statistic is an anecdotal story that was shared with me.

"The behaviour of this community changed as people are now occupying spaces that they would otherwise not have used due to the fear of gun violence.

"When people are using and playing in parks again and parents walk their children to school once again. That, despite the great work that law enforcement is doing in respect of gun violence, is perhaps the greatest lever that you have.

"Reducing and de-normalising gun violence by communities reclaiming their space.

"We are very excited by what you are doing here. We are deployed in Chicago, Detroit and New York City and other major cities but are especially happy with the work done in smaller cities to combat gun violence.

"We are delighted to be your partner,” Clark said.

The evidence gathered with Shotspotter technology is used by prosecuting authorities and it is a crucial policing tool to gather intelligence to improve response and deployment of law enforcement.

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Issued on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality by Media Management Officer Kupido Baron (082 780 2726 / 041 506 1500 / kbaron@mandelametro.gov.za / @kupidobaron).

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