Community App

Community app

What is it?

The Awe community app is designed as a community app that helps improve safety, security, and service delivery in communities by leveraging technology. It provides a range of features such as emergency reporting, community reporting, and location-based services that enable users to report incidents, request assistance, and receive alerts in real-time. The app connects users with community responders and emergency services to provide prompt and efficient assistance when needed. Additionally, the app enables citizens to participate in improving their communities by reporting service delivery issues and tracking progress on reported issues. Overall, the Awe app serves as a community app that promotes citizen engagement, transparency, and accountability in community safety and service delivery.


E-Panic Button

The Awe app helps the community in several ways. Firstly, it provides a e-panic button feature that allows users to quickly signal for help in emergency situations, with the alert sent to the nearest responder for a quick and efficient response.


On My Way Button

Secondly, the app offers an “On My Way” button that calculates the estimated travel time between the user’s current location and their destination, allowing them to share their estimated arrival time with friends and family. If the user fails to arrive within the expected time, an alert is sent to the command center for immediate action.


Service Delivery

Thirdly, the app provides a comprehensive reporting system that enables users to report various incidents and issues in their communities, including service delivery issues, crime, and gender-based violence, among others. These reports are tracked and logged for transparency and accountability purposes and can help bring attention to problem areas and track progress in resolving the reported issues. Fourthly, the app uses geolocation technology to provide precise location information, enabling quick responses and efficient assistance in emergency situations.

Overall, the Awe app provides a range of features that enhance safety, security, and community engagement, helping to create a more connected and responsive community.

Critical issues affecting the community

There are several critical issues affecting communities around South Africa. Some of these include:

  1. Poverty and inequality: Many communities struggle with high levels of poverty and inequality, which can lead to poor health outcomes, limited educational opportunities, and a lack of access to basic services like healthcare and sanitation.

  2. Crime and violence: Crime and violence are major issues in many communities, which can have serious social and economic impacts, as well as creating a sense of fear and insecurity.

  3. Environmental degradation: Many communities are affected by environmental issues such as pollution, deforestation, and climate change, which can have devastating effects on health, livelihoods, and the natural world.

  4. Access to basic services: Many communities lack access to basic services like healthcare, education, and clean water and sanitation, which can have profound impacts on health and well-being.

  5. Social exclusion and discrimination: Many communities face issues of social exclusion and discrimination, which can create barriers to economic and social opportunities, and contribute to feelings of isolation and marginalization.

These issues are complex and multifaceted, and require coordinated and sustained efforts from governments, civil society, and communities themselves to address.



water leaks

Municipality report

Electricity issues

Municipality issues

The Awe app has a GBV button in its community reporting feature that allows users to report incidents of gender-based violence quickly and easily. When activated, the app sends an alert to the Awe Command Centre, where trained professionals can provide assistance and support. Users can also choose to send alerts to members of their group or the nearest responders. This feature is part of Awe’s broader efforts to address GBV in South Africa, which is a growing problem. By providing a way for people to report incidents and seek help, Awe hopes to empower individuals to take action against GBV and improve community safety.

With Awe app’s Report Crime button, users can report criminal activities and incidents to law enforcement agencies with ease. Users can provide important details of the incident and attach multimedia evidence such as photos and videos to aid in the investigation and resolution of the crime. Geolocation technology captures the exact location of the incident, allowing for a swift response from relevant authorities and responders. Reports are recorded, stored, and the closest available responders are alerted for immediate action. The button is a crucial tool for enhancing public safety and security as it allows citizens to report criminal activities efficiently, leading to faster response times and more effective incident resolution.

The Awe app’s Drug Dealer Dealings button is a valuable tool for users to report any suspected drug-related activities in their community. By providing such information, law enforcement agencies can take action to apprehend drug dealers and prevent the sale of illegal drugs. The app’s geolocation feature helps users to identify the exact location of the activity, and they can also attach multimedia evidence such as photos or videos to their report. Based on the information provided, the closest responder can be dispatched to investigate and intervene. However, it is important for users to use this feature responsibly by providing accurate information to avoid harming innocent individuals and wasting valuable resources.

The Awe app’s illegal dumping reporting button is a convenient tool for reporting incidents of illegal dumping in communities. Through geolocation technology, the app can pinpoint the exact location of the dumping, which facilitates swift responses from authorities to remove the waste. This feature encourages community members to participate in preventing and reporting illegal dumping, leading to a cleaner and more visually appealing environment. In addition, timely detection and response can prevent illegal dumping from becoming a more significant problem, reducing the long-term costs associated with cleaning up waste. The illegal dumping reporting button is, therefore, a valuable resource for communities to maintain the cleanliness and livability of their surroundings.

Factors affecting communities in Rural Areas

Communities in rural areas face a range of challenges that can affect their quality of life and development. Some of the factors affecting communities in rural areas include:

  1. Lack of basic infrastructure: Rural areas may lack basic infrastructure such as roads, water and sanitation systems, and electricity, which can make it difficult for residents to access essential services and hinder economic growth.

  2. Limited access to healthcare: Rural areas may have limited access to healthcare facilities and medical professionals, which can result in inadequate healthcare and poorer health outcomes.

  3. Education: Rural communities may have limited access to education and training opportunities, which can limit their ability to acquire skills and knowledge needed for economic growth and social mobility.

  4. Economic opportunities: Rural areas may have limited economic opportunities, resulting in high levels of poverty and unemployment.

  5. Environmental challenges: Rural areas may face environmental challenges such as deforestation, soil degradation, and climate change, which can affect agricultural productivity and the availability of natural resources.

  6. Social isolation: Rural communities may face social isolation, as they are often far from urban centers and may lack access to cultural and social activities.

Addressing these challenges requires a multifaceted approach that involves the participation of various stakeholders, including government agencies, civil society organizations, and community members themselves. The Awe app can play a role in addressing some of these challenges by providing a platform for community members to report issues such as infrastructure problems, healthcare access, and environmental challenges, among others. By providing a voice for community members and enabling them to take action to address these issues, the app can help empower rural communities to work towards their own development and well-being.


How does the Community app helps people in Rural Areas

The Awe app’s community reporting feature is beneficial to rural areas in many ways. Rural communities often face unique challenges that require tailored solutions, and the app’s customizable reporting buttons allow users to report a wide range of issues, including service delivery issues specific to rural areas, such as water and electricity supply problems. By providing a platform for citizens to report these issues quickly and efficiently, Awe enables relevant authorities to respond promptly, reducing the potential for long-term damage or inconvenience to the community.

Additionally, the app’s geolocation technology is particularly useful in rural areas where the location of an incident or issue may be less well-known. This technology enables responders to find and address the reported issue more efficiently, which can save time and resources, and ultimately lead to a faster resolution.

Overall, the Awe app’s community reporting feature provides an accessible and user-friendly platform for citizens in rural areas to report a range of issues, thereby promoting citizen engagement, transparency, and accountability in service delivery, ultimately leading to a more sustainable and thriving community.

Water issues in Rural Areas