South Africa’s crime rate is common knowledge, and all South Africans have had to adapt to living a life of vigilance – we’re in a constant state of high alert. Spottem was born in response to this reality and aims to provide another layer of security that empowers the public to take safety and security into their own hands, literally. However, safety is a layered concept. Although it’s important to be actively safe and to implement systems and procedures that facilitate this, it’s equally important to cultivate a sense of safety and security. Spottem is well aware of this, which is why there are a number of support services readily available to you on the app, including two different counseling services.
A key component to feeling secure is managing your mental health, and knowing that you have services available that can assist you with this. Sadag, the South African Depression and Anxiety Group is a pioneer in the fight to destigmatize mental illness in South Africa and to provide sufficient and effective care to those living with mental illnesses. Their emergency contact details are available in the app should you or a loved one need counseling.
Alongside Sadag, you’ll find Powa, an organisation that is dedicated to providing services and shelter to women experiencing domestic violence. Unfortunately, South Africa is known for its horrifying cases of gender-based violence. Women in South Africa are five times more likely to be killed at the hands of a man, which makes Powa incredibly essential to making women and girls feel safe. If you or a loved one are in a dangerous situation and are in need of emergency shelter and assistance, Powa is your solution.
Spottem’s goal is to make South Africa a safer place together, in every way possible.
*Disclaimer: Kindly note that the service providers listed herein have no affiliation with Spottem whatsoever. The service providers are completely independent and Spottem makes no recommendation with respect to their use or their ability to provide the services in respect of the subcategory in which they have been placed.