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CCID’s operational teams get new home

CCID’s operational teams get new home

19 June 2019

Home is where you hang your hat, as the saying goes. And now, after months of waiting, the CCID’s Straatwerk team and other operational teams finally have a base in the Company’s Garden from which to operate.

Four spacious green containers have been adapted and kitted out to house the CCID’s Urban Management teams (responsible for removing graffiti, minor road and pavement repairs, gardening and other beautification projects, rodent baiting, and stormwater- and other municipal-drain cleaning) as well as students on the Chrysalis Academy programme that is managed by the CCID Safety & Security department.

“This is a place to call home at last,” says Richard Beesley, manager of the Urban Management department. “The maintenance team of our NGO partner, Straatwerk, has not had a place to ‘lay down their tools and call home’ for a while now.”

EXPIRY OF LEASE

This follows the expiry of the lease of Urban Management’s previous depot, he explains. The Urban Management teams work 365 days a year to provide a clean, attractive and risk-reduced urban environment in the Central City. The department renders top-up services to those of the CBD’s primary service provider, the City of Cape Town, carried out by Straatwerk, and another CCID contractor, J&M Cleaning Services.

Richard explains that Urban Management was “obliged to look for a place that was long-term, secure, and where the teams could house their equipment, as well as serve as office space”. He says: “The snag was having to find a place that was close to the City Centre, where they could collect their equipment every day and head out into the various CBD precincts to attend to repairs and maintenance without difficulties.”

After a long search and weighing up various options, the CCID decided to use converted containers and place them at the top of the Company’s Garden, following an agreement with the City of Cape Town’s Parks Department. However, before the containers could be put in place, the space had to be cleared and foundations laid. The teams are now awaiting the installation of services such as electricity, water and sanitation.

CHRYSALIS STUDENTS ALSO BASED IN GARDEN

Two of the green containers have been allocated to students on the Chrysalis Academy ambassadorial programme, which is funded by the Provincial Department of Community Safety.

CCID CEO Tasso Evangelinos says the office containers not only provide a work base for the students but also offer stability to the area as they allow the students to have an on-the-ground presence in the Company’s Garden where they provide an ambassadorial service in one of the City Centre’s most popular tourist attractions. “The Chrysalis Academy students receive on-the-job training, with some getting fulltime work due to this exposure,” he says.

Trevor Wingrove, director for safety promotion and partnerships at the Western Cape Government's Department of Community Safety says Chrysalis graduates are placed with the CCID after they graduate from the three-month residential training at the Chrysalis Academy. “The department places them for a period of 12 months to work on the CCID’s ATM Fraud Project and garden safety projects and pays for their stipends for a 12-month period,” explains Trevor.

In terms of the ATM Fraud Project, students are deployed as ambassadors to hotspot ATMs within the CBD at certain times of the day in order to provide a visible presence to substantially deter ATM fraudsters and give ATM users peace of mind. The project follows a successful pilot programme which resulted in a significant reduction in the number of ATM fraud incidents in seven hotspot ATMs within the CBD during the 2017/18 festive season, and the project has since been expanded to incorporate a total of 23 ATMs.

The second project, which is the Chrysalis Academy ambassadorial programme at the Company’s Garden, also sees student ambassadors being deployed to create a visible presence in this iconic space during the daytime. The ambassadors also assist people in general in this popular visitor attraction. 

IMAGES: Scott Arendse, CCID Online Coordinator

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