The Safe Shebeens project aims to enhance the safety of shebeens and minimise their impact within communities. The targets are shebeen patrons, owners and ordinary community members. Combining participatory processes and design, safe shebeens promotes and enhances strategies that already exist.

The aim of Safe Shebeens is to empower shebeen owners with a toolkit, and foster knowledge about safe and considerate behavious amongst patrons and community members. Identifying strategies that shebeeners currently use, the project focuses on house rules and seeks to establish a more comprehensive rule system. Safe Shebeens aims to aid communication of rules through signs and images that encourage appropriate behaviour, incorporating the use of a ‘red card’ to expel patrons from the shebeen venue for unacceptable actions.

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