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The CCID looks ahead into 2018

The CCID looks ahead into 2018

15 Jan 2018 Tags: public safety Tasso Evamgelinos Khulisa Social Solutions City of Cape Town

Collaborating is at the heart of the Cape Town Central City Improvement District’s (CCID) founding principles as a public-private partnership. And as the New Year begins, the CCID looks forward to another year of working together with everyone who has a role to play in the CBD, innovating and exploring to create a space that’s welcoming for all.

The CCID’s mission is to keep the Central City safe, clean, caring and open for business. CEO of the CCID, Tasso Evangelinos, notes that the organisation can never fulfil its mandate without working together with its various partners and stakeholders.

“The CCID team certainly hopes that everyone who plays a role in the Central City is feeling rejuvenated and ready to tackle what lies ahead in 2018. There are many challenges facing not only the Central City but the country as a whole. However, if there’s something working with our partners has taught us, it’s that with hard work and commitment, challenges can be met head on. With that, we’re encouraged and remain optimistic especially considering there are a lot of exciting things to look forward.

“We also look forward to keeping all our roleplayers informed, through our many communication platforms – from our monthly e-newsletter and social media channels to our hard copy publications and public awareness campaigns.”

The CCID exists in terms of the Cape Town municipal Property Rates Act, Section 22 [Special Rates Area (SRA)] and the SRA bylaw, in which complementary top-up services are provided in a specific geographical area in addition to those of the primary agencies. In the case of the CCID, these primary agencies are the City of Cape Town and the South African Police Service (SAPS).

“For most people, the New Year is an opportune time for new beginnings. For us, at CCID, the adventure continues as some members of our team have been working throughout the festive season to continue to create reliability and stability for everyone who touches the Central City in whatever way they do – whether they work, live, play or stay in the Central City,” says Tasso.

What to look forward to

With the CCID operating across four operational departments (namely, safety & security, social development, urban management and communications), the initiatives the CCID, together with its partner departments at the City of Cape Town, is exploring this year include the following:

  • Looking towards the nighttime economy

In 2016, Tasso met with Amsterdam’s inaugural “night mayor”, Mirik Milan. Since then, the night mayor concept has taken off across the world and the CCID is exploring options, together with its partners such as those within the City, to develop a strategy to support the CBD’s own growing nighttime economy.

  • Supporting the City in its safe space for street people project

In 2017, Alderman JP Smith – the Mayco member for safety, security and social services – announced the City’s intent to establish a transitional shelter for street people in the Culemborg area. This would provide an interim measure to help those living on the streets with a space to sleep at night, ablution facilities and social services, and is something the CCID will assist in whichever way it can.

  • Partnering with Khulisa Social Solutions on the Long Street project

In December last year, we reported that we’ve once again teamed up with Khulisa Social Solutions on a pilot project that provides work opportunities while enabling better management of the urban environment.

The pilot project sees the CCID together with Khulisa helping to prevent a great deal of litter ending up on the streets when people rummage through bins for recyclable materials in waste collections areas. This helps to ensure that the urban environment is clean and works for Central City stakeholders. The pilot project with Khulisa officially started on 4 December 2017 and will run until 2 March 2018. At present, the focus is on Long Street between Hout and Church streets, and a total of 15 buildings and 38 retailers are participating.

So far, the pilot project has been well received and should it be deemed successful, the CCID will explore extending it further to cover Long Street all the way from Strand Street to Wale Street.

  • Deployment of extra fieldworkers

To address social issues and reports of aggressive begging especially during the festive period, the CCID’s Social Development team and the City of Cape Town’s Department of Social Development partnered to deploy eight additional field workers in the Central City to engage and assist street people.

Since 20 December 2017, the additional field workers - who form part of the City’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) – have been covering St Georges Mall (Waterkant to Wale Street), Long Street (Strand to Wale Street and Short Market to Wale Street) and Greenmarket Square (Burg to Wale Street) and will continue to do so until 18 March 2018.

The project is progressing well and once completed it will be evaluated for further extension beyond the festive period.

  • Expanding the daytime traffic warden and nighttime Law Enforcement programmes

A pilot project involving six CCID-funded and six City-funded traffic wardens, all from the City’s Traffic Services Department and deployed at major intersections within the CBD, ran until June 2017. Since then, the six CCID-funded officers have continued to be deployed and this will run in its current cycle until June 2018. In the meantime, they have become a fixture on Strand Street at Buitengracht and Adderley Street at afternoon peak, where they intervene if traffic starts to gridlock. Outside of rush hour, the CCID deploys its wardens in other parts of the CBD to enforce non-moving violations such as cars parking on red and yellow lines and blocking loading zones

With regard to nighttime safety, the CCID’s Safety & Security department funded 10 City Public Works Programme (EPWP) Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs). Of these, and throughout the festive season, the CCID has been dedicating eight of these to deployment at night in busy entertainment areas and deployed the remaining two to daytime operations.

In addition, the CCID’s Safety & Security department funded two City EPWP Law Enforcement Officers for deployment in St George’s Mall. And in another City and CCID joint project, seven CCID-funded LEOs together with nine of the City’s LEOs create a 24/7 unit that sees two LEOs guaranteed for deployment to the CBD in every shift.

These projects have worked so well that the CCID will continue to explore further rollout of similar projects.

Concludes Tasso: “Together, with all our partners and stakeholders, we have spent many years to get the Central City to the level it’s at today, and about which we can proudly say we have a Central City that’s thriving, steady and poised for further growth. But we cannot afford to rest on our laurels. We look forward to the adventure continuing and to all of us together pushing the envelope once more."

Images by CCID and Ed Suter