Safety & Security

The link between your personal conduct and your safety & security is integral when navigating the townships. Demonstrating you know where you are through the utterance of few words like thanks ("enkosi") and hello ("molo"/"molweni") and an appropriate handshake is highly important across the board, whether it be to an esteemed elder or unemployed youth hanging out on the streets.

Conduct

  • Greeting people is a common form of respect! You can simply say “Molweni” to groups of people and “Molo” to a single person. SbS staff will teach some other isiXhosa basics during the tour.
  • SbS staff will show you different forms of hand shakes.
  • If offered something (e.g. tea), accept it even if you don’t actually want it—it’s a form of respect.
  • Greet (shake hands) and hand out things in order of age, from oldest to youngest.

Safety & Security

  • SidebySide regards and treats your safety and security as its top priority at all times.
  • Exercise vigilance and caution at all times, just as you would with any other urban area in Cape Town, which experiences high levels of crime. However:
    • Self-confidence and self-assuredness should also be exercised to demonstrate an understanding that the townships are, by and large, safe spaces to visit or operate in as non-residents.
    • There is no reason to be fearful when in the hands of SidebySide and our entrepreneurs.
  • Avoid overly ostentatious attire, however, please do wear clothes that you feel proud of and confident in.
  • Please leave behind any unnecessary valuables like laptops, jewellery, excessive amounts of money.