Windhoek - South African celeb Bonang Matheba is making her contribution to combating violence against women through the development of an innovative mobile app.
The B-Safe app, which triggers emergency responses to help women facing violence or potential harm, is still in the development stage but is already arousing significant interest.
Revlon Cosmetics South Africa brand ambassador Matheba said, "I have opted to channel my energy into using technology to stem this wave of violence because mobile phones play such an important role to our lives, so the most meaningful option would be to have an app."
The flamboyant businesswoman explained how the application would work, describing it as a fast and convenient way to get help.
"If you are in harm's way, a vigorous shake of your phone or pressing the alert button in the app will activate a response vehicle and notify them of your location." Matheba said.
According to some statistics, between April 2019 and March 2020, there were 18,231 rorted cases of rape of women while they were at their own premises or those of a friend, relative or neighbour.
During the period that South Africa was under lockdown level five because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government’s gender-based violence and femicide command centre said it was getting between 500 and 1,000 calls a day from women. The centre recorded more than 120,000 victims in the first three weeks of the lockdown.