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First of its kind support centre launched in Edenvale

At the launch of the new building, the divisional commissioner for the SAPS’ supply chain management, Lieutenant General Gary Kruser, said the occasion was a special one.

SAPS dignitaries opened the new Victim Empowerment Centre (VEC) at the Edenvale Police Station on Thursday.

The centre, which is the first of its kind in South Africa, is completely run on a green initiative and requires no additional cost to cool down or heat up the building.

It took only 20 days to complete the construction of the VEC, which is made from a silica based brick.

At the launch of the new building, the divisional commissioner for the SAPS’ supply chain management, Lieutenant General Gary Kruser, said the occasion was a special one.

He added that the building was completely donated to the SAPS by Muvoni.

“This building is a green structure. We did not need to install air-conditioners for climate control and it is fire resistant,” said Lt Gen Kruser said.

“The building will be utilised with immediate effect. We thank Muvoni for this donation of a victim-friendly facility,” he added.

Major General Suzan Pienaar said every station in the country should have a similar VEC.

“It offers police officers an opportunity to professionally and privately offer support to victims of crime,” she said.

“This building will ensure that every victim gets the support and service they require and deserve,” said Maj Gen Pienaar.

Vice-chairperson for the Edenvale Community Police Forum (ECPF), Mrs Sheryl Damerell, thanked the SAPS and sponsor for the new VEC.

“This building is going to be used well,” she said.

Head of crime prevention for the Edenvale SAPS, Lieutenant Colonel Robbie Roberts, said the community will benefit from the establishment of the new VEC.

“We are heading in the right direction, where we aim to not only fight crime but also provide support to victims,” said Lt Col Roberts.

Mr Themba Maseko, the director of Muvoni, said the company looks forward to implementing social infrastructure faster in the future.

“These green buildings create jobs; we were able to train builders to lay the bricks in a matter of hours. From there it only took 20 days to complete the VEC,” he said.

He added that the materials used ensured the walls were stronger than ordinary brick and mortar buildings.

“These bricks store thermal conditions, which means the building will stay cool in summer and warm in winter,” said Mr Maseko.

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