by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – AFRICAN governments have been urged to make the most of modern information and communications technology to fight rampant violence.
Michael Pittelkow, General Manager Public Services, SAP Africa, regards fighting this scourge more effective on less cost as one of the main
challenges for the continent.
“Technology can enable governments to respond quicker and more effectively to incidents.” the expert said.
He said by taking advantage of the Digital Economy, government and its branches and responders could quickly, efficiently and most importantly,
accurately, ascertain the level of response needed to an incident.
Through the use and analysis of the data generated from the incidents, auditable and accurate information can be generated and used to predict
“This in turn allows for governments to ensure adequate resources, staffing and training are available to the correct security and safety
divisions, reducing costs to the government and ultimately, the taxpayer,” Pittelkow said.
His sentiments came in the back of the Institute for Economics and Peace conducted a research project assessing the economic impact of violence
across the globe.
The results are staggering with the the total cost of violence containment around the world is US$9,46 trillion.
Gareth Newham, Head of the The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) Governance, Crime and Justice Division, said in response to the release of the latest crime statistics for South Africa in September 2014 that the increase in crime over the past two years showed that a new approach to reducing violence and crime is urgently needed.
“We must address serious challenges facing the police, involve other government departments, and look hard at the factors which cause violence,” said Newham.
Pittelkow assured that safer and more secure places to live and work were attainable.
“Through a portfolio of technologies, SAP is able to drive greater community preparedness, increased threat anticipation, improved service
delivery, and more,” Pittelkow said.
– CAJ News