Published in City Press Trending.

Gender-based violence rocketed, and then disappeared, from news headlines in recent weeks. But the truth is South Africans, especially women, are as unsafe as ever. #Trending tech writer Nafisa Akabor shares apps that could be the difference between life and death. 

1. Namola

Dial Direct’s free Namola app is an essential download. It lets you request emergency help at the touch of a button. A control room is alerted and help is sent immediately.

It’s quicker than the SA Police Service getting to you.

It’s available for Android and iOS, but if you don’t have a smartphone or in case of a dead battery, try Namola Plus, a physical panic tracker button that also alerts private medical care and armed response companies.

It has built-in GPS and GSM for communication with emergency response staff.


This is another free emergency app with Medpages, Netcare 911, Arrive Alive and the SA Private Ambulance and Emergency Services Association as partners.

It offers a panic button for when you don’t know who to call, you don’t know where you are, or you want to notify emergency contacts so they can get to you.

You can get it as an app for Android and iOS, or as a physical panic button.

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