The Safety Lab

Location: Cape Town
Combat sport: Boxing
Focus areas: Community safety
Established: 2012
Joined the FFP Alumni: November 2013
Website: www.safetylab.co.za
Contact: Nathaniel Rolloff

The Safety Lab is a Cape Town based social innovation organisation that research, pilot and scale innovative solutions to issues of community security. One of these is solutions is Nyanga Yethu – a platform for sports, arts and recreational activities for children and young people that is being run out a currently under-used community centre in Nyanga, a precinct with one of the highest murder rates in the country.

The platform approach means Safety Lab don’t have to directly run all programmes themselves – though they do manage some – but it enables them bring together diverse activities catering for all interests – from free cinema screenings, to ‘open mic’, yoga and of course boxing – creating a sense of a community hub. Safety Lab provide the opportunity, support and extremely high quality, enticing branding that attracts young people and avoids the look and feel of a “community project”.