The need for Victim Support Units (VSU's) was recognized nationally in 1996 and there summarily put in place through the National Crime Prevention Strategy with help from Business Against Crime.
The thinking behind the formation of VSU's was that the absence of aid and empowerment plays an important role in the cyclical nature of crime and violence ie that victims are often re-victimized by ignorant and insensitive service providers in the criminal justice service.
Given that the Police are often the first to come into contact with victims of crime and violence, their interaction with victims is therefore crucial and can affect the way victims cope with re-victimization and how they recover.
Hoedspruit was the Limpopo winner of the Kwela/ Rapport town of the Year 2012 Competition and a finalist in 2015
The town of Hoedspruit is situated right on the border between Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces
Hoespruit is home to the original private game reserve areas and is still considered to be the iconic conservation area
Mariepskop has almost as manyfynbos speciesas many of the areas in the Cape
Hoedspruit is home to the largest privately owned conservation area in the world
The small town of Hoedspruit is situated in the heart of the UNESCO registeredKruger to Canyons Biosphere Region(registered with UNESCO in 2001)
Hoedspruit is an Afrikaans word meaning “Hat Creek” or “Hat Stream”
The Blyde River Canyon is considered the Greenest Canyon in the world. The majority of other canyons are situated in desert areas.
Mariepskop is home to an endemic gecko - the Mariepskop Flat Gecko - it is found nowhere else in the world
Hoedspruit is one of the major agricultural producers in the country
Hoedspruit is situated at the foot of the Blyde River Canyon - the 3rd largest canyon in the world