CCID counts 13 years of successes
Top-up services have created a cleaner and safer environment for CBD property owners
THE CAPE Town Central City Improvement District (CCID) celebrated the end of its 13th year in operation at its annual meeting on November 12, held at the Freeworld Design Centre in central Cape Town.
It also celebrated its 13th year of clean audits.
The theme of this year’s annual meeting was “The Business of Delivering Service”, and the event was attended by ratepayers and representatives of the CCID’s partners, the City of Cape Town, the SAPS and numerous NGOs.
Chairman Rob Kane said: “The CCID has been doing what it does for so long now and we’ve become so good at it, that sometimes we take it for granted that people understand what it is we do.
“Having become such an essential component of the fabric of the central city, the CCID potentially runs the risk that it may no longer be as obvious to stakeholders or to visitors the value we add to this environment.”
Kane said it provided valueadded, top-up services beyond those of the City of Cape Town and SAPS.
These services included safety and security, urban management, social development, and communications and marketing.
The CCID deploys a task force of 600 across the central business district.
Describing the value that each ratepayer received for the top-up levies paid in terms of the CCID’s special areas rating, Kane said that 50c in each rand went towards safety and security, 21c was spent on urban management, 7c on social development, 8c on communications and marketing and 14c on administrative costs.
“For every R1 that the CCID tangibly spends in service delivery, our stakeholders receive as much as R5 in added value when you consider the ‘intangible’ – the hours the CCID staff spend in consultation and the facilitation of co-operative relationships, problem-solving, evaluation, and research and assessment of systems.”
The CCID’s operating budget was R38 million for the year under review.
Kane said the CCID provided topup services in a 1.6km² area that had a municipal value of R23 billion and which generated R216m in rates over the year. The CCID area includes: ● A total of 1 400 property parcels and 8 500 property records.
● More than 5 000 residents spread across 2 900 residential units.
● More than 2 300 businesses and 140 000 employees.
● More than 7.7 million people a month who enter the central city.
● More than 1 200 retailers and 380 000m² of retail space.
● Close to 784 920m² of rentable office space.
● About 900 informal traders.
● More than 120 000m² of public squares and spaces.
● More than 48.5km in pavements; and
● 15 500 students and 1 280 faculty and other staff members who attended 49 educational institutes during the term.
Describing the CCID’s major achievements during the year under review, Kane highlighted that its safety and security division had reported a reduction in the number of A-grade crimes, including theft out of motor vehicles, chain-snatching and ATM fraud. With an average response time of less than five minutes, the CCID’s unit is the first on the scene for the city’s Cyclops camera surveillance unit.
The urban management division reported a substantial reduction in litter, waste and illegal dumping.
Thanks to the division’s efficient and continual cleaning of stormwater drains in the CBD, the area has – for the seventh year in succession – not experienced the flooding that used to occur because drains were blocked.
This has made the CBD one of the few areas in Cape Town to be spared potentially disastrous flooding during heavy rains in winter.
The social development division reported considerable success with preventive measures in identifying adolescent day strollers and new children coming into the central city.
It said it had also had considerable success in referring mothers who used children to beg to the family services falling under the Department of Social Development.
The communications and marketing department’s publication of the CCID’s first annual investment guide, the State of the Cape Town Central City Report, proved a huge success with its target market and the media, garnering more than R2m in media value alone.
In a number of special projects the CCID delivered several “South African firsts”.
Among these were a LED streetlighting pilot project on Greenmarket Square as part of the CCID’s undertaking to improve safety.
The CCID has also been involved in the CBD’s first researched roll-out of 140 new motorcycle and 42 new disabled parking bays, as well as a comprehensive street names and numbering project that will enable residents and visitors to navigate their way easily across the CBD. These projects are being undertaken in partnership with the City of Cape Town’s roads department.
The CCID was established in 2000. It is one of 25 central improvement districts operational in the Cape Town Metropole.
The CCID is funded by property owners to provide urban management top-up services to a specific geographic area. Its services augment the city’s safety and cleaning efforts, ensuring the environment is well managed, that social development issues are addressed and the central city is promoted as a leading business destination.
The Cape Town Partnership is the managing agent of the CCID.
ORDER: A bird’s eye view of part of the central business district where municipal services are supplemented by the Cape Town City Improvement District.