CCID counts 13 years of suc­cesses

Top-up ser­vices have cre­ated a cleaner and safer en­vi­ron­ment for CBD prop­erty own­ers

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PROPERTY -

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.

PIC­TURE: LISA BURNELL

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.

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