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Keeping the Cape Town CBD safe and clean has taken on a new meaning for the Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID) with the launch of a special free sanitising project aimed at disinfecting public spaces.

A four-man team of Sanitising Ambassadors, part of the CCID’s Urban Management department, were let loose in the city centre yesterday. Their task is to deep-clean all commonly touched infrastructure in public spaces to minimise the risk of Covid-19 and other infection, including pedestrian buttons, railings, benches, bollard tops, the top part of electrical boxes, and lids of green street-pole refuse bins. 

The CCID is mandated to operate in the city centre and offers top-up services to those provided by the City of Cape Town in the areas of Urban Management, Safety & Security and Social Development.

Ensuring the Central City is a risk-reduced environment is important to the CCID, says Kally Benito, assistant manager of CCID Urban Management. “With this team, we aim to minimise any health and safety risks for members of the public in the CBD, especially now as we confront the threat of Covid-19. We’re very excited about this project and are confident it will make a big difference in the city centre.”

Commenting on the project, CCID CEO Tasso Evangelinos says these “types of innovative measures prove that the Cape Town CBD is open for business, and they go a long way in restoring the confidence of businesses, residents, visitors and people who work in the CBD”.

The four ambassadors - Wylan Scholtz, Blake Bester, Lucky Mangezi and Peter Kaira - hit the ground running yesterday, sanitising Greenmarket Square and St Georges Mall. For the next three months, they will be on the streets daily from 07h30 till 16h30 armed with pressure-sprayer backpacks and squirt bottles.

Benito says the CCID is using effective sanitiser with a 70 % + alcohol content from an accredited suppler. “Our focus is on the health and safety of the public and we believe that prevention is crucial in protecting the health of the public. Commonly touched surfaces are more likely sources of infection. The cleaning will be continuous, as the next time a person touches the surface it can be recontaminated.”

However, Benito warns that members of the public should continue to take their own precautions in preventing the spread of the virus. “The practice of stringent personal hygiene and physical distancing should continue to be important as well as hand washing with soap and water, or the use of alcohol-based sanitiser.”

Sanitising Ambassador Lucky Mangezi, who had been employed in the restaurant industry before Covid-19 struck this sector, says he is “feeling positive” about his new role and “happy to be working to serve the community”. 

During the coming weeks, the team will focus on sanitising Greenmarket Square and St Georges Mall. They will gradually move to other public spaces in the CBD.


Issued by Atmosphere Communications on behalf of Sharon Sorour-Morris, Communications manager of the CCID
Email: Sharon@capetownccid.org
Cell: 082 216 0835