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Most people feel safe in Cape Town CBD

2012-09-14 09:36

Cape Town - The majority of people feel safe walking through the central district of Cape Town, it was reported on Friday.

About 82% of people and 83% of businesses were happy with safety levels, the Cape Times reported.

These were the findings of a survey by the Central City Improvement District (CCID), which commissioned independent agencies to interview businesses and 1 800 people over a week.

CCID chairperson Rob Kane said the central district achieved around 80% in satisfaction rates on key areas, which he described as "phenomenal".

He said the aim of the survey was to get an objective view of the city and use the findings as a benchmark for future performance.

The report found that over the past three years property investment in the central city brought in R4.6bn and a Gross Domestic Product contribution of R1.5bn was generated from events hosted.

The district's population boomed by 76% between 2001 and 2010.

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Comments
  • typersa.baddy - 2012-09-14 09:41

    Now make the whole of SA feel "safe" by voting DA!!!!

      mark.richardson.3914207 - 2012-09-14 09:48

      Safe , what spin , millions of us have left that terrorist run banana republic and the fairest cape. there is pro's and cons but not having 6ft walls , locked gates , panic buttons, BEE , unfair employment rules , cant sleep with your windows open in summer ,is this safe, on average in the whole of the EU there is only 28 murders a day ( population 738 million) and the SA regime is happy with the figure dropping to 55 a day in South Africa ( 50 million) in the western cape it is 78 per 100 000 , that says it all , many more words to replace SAVAGE.

      peter.swale.9 - 2012-09-14 09:50

      Give that Zille a bells!

      Lenisto - 2012-09-14 10:43

      Alicia.myburgh.65, Excuse my ignorance but Indeed the DA is in charge of CDB, BUT what about the rest of other surbubs in Cape Town. I will be more than happy to vote the DA come next elections if only the entire Cape Town community feel safe around any suburb.

      joneethling - 2012-09-14 10:47

      Hahaha Mark Richardson. In the last 100 years, your wonderfull europeans have slaughtered each other to the tune of somewhere between 60 and 80 million. Fire bombed civilians and gassed people in concentration camps. SAVAGES.

      jock.black.50 - 2012-09-14 11:06

      I would not say safe, but safer than in other areas of the country. Unfortunately since the huge inward migrations from EC and other areas WC is also starting to suffer from violent crime, a specific type of crime commit by a specific type of people... wile they keep on crossing the WC borders we'll keep on seeing an increase in savage crimes... MIDAS to SADIM

  • kitneyi - 2012-09-14 09:44

    That is because the ANC isn't in control here...

  • Goodstuff - 2012-09-14 09:45

    Of course, it's a DA run city, when the ANC ran the city there where child gangs on the streets, drug dealers, and muggers all over the CBD. Take note Mandela Bay, you too could benefit from an effective local government, and you desperatly need an effective provincial government!

      lightman.austin - 2012-09-14 09:51

      What a stupid comment, DA does not run the city centre only , tell me if you feel safe in the cape flats since its "DA RUN"

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-09-14 10:24

      Lightman you're an idiot! have you not read the news of what the DA wants to do in those areas? have you not read the news that the ANC keep blocking the DA...do you read?

  • nicolaas.geldenhuys - 2012-09-14 09:46

    Only city where people feel safe in SA is in a province with DA rule. Coincidence? I think not.

      lightman.austin - 2012-09-14 09:51

      What a stupid comment, DA does not run the city centre only , tell me if you feel safe in the cape flats since its "DA RUN"

      lydonmcg - 2012-09-14 10:03

      Yeah and when the ANC were running the shows people didn't feel safe in the Cape Flats OR the CBD. Run along now, fool.

  • deicide - 2012-09-14 09:48

    VIVA DA VIVA!!!!!!!!

  • margo.vorster - 2012-09-14 09:51

    The DA prioritizes personal safety, city cleanliness, maintenance etc, something the ANC seems to struggle with. Will never walk in jozi or durbs.

      patrickflynn73 - 2012-09-14 10:13

      as much as I love and agree that Cape Town is an awesome city (with crap weather), one has to realise that the CBD in CT is very small compared to that of Durban and Jozi. I am a Durbanite and I quiet freely go into the CBD when I need to. Its just common sense and watch your back that will protect you from unnecessary crimes. I've been mugged and attacked in Woodstock Cape Town , but it could happen anywhere in the world including London or NYC. Lets keep it real...nevertheless VIVA DA VIA!!!!

      bongani.nzimande - 2012-09-14 10:16

      I walk in durban nd its safe,so wts da fuss abt???

  • Goodstuff - 2012-09-14 09:52

    Crime free business centres allows businesses the opportunity to thrive, which in turn creates jobs, but they have alot of work with regards to the other town centres in the Cape area like Bellville Middestad, Wynberg, Kayelitsha and Mitchell's Plain.

  • pmbadenhorst - 2012-09-14 09:52

    i feel safe

  • justin.frittelli - 2012-09-14 09:53

    Mark, I suppose you can never give credit where credit is due, we will enjoy the 30 degree Sunday weather on Llandudno beach while you freeze in Europe! Well done Cape Town!!!

  • nvblerk - 2012-09-14 09:59

    Next to the castle on the plain that not so save. I got robbed there last year. but I still love Cape town!

  • richard.zanner - 2012-09-14 10:03

    YEs I feel safe in the Cape CBD. I live in Gauteng and when in the Cape I feel the difference without any doubt.

      maria.roth.589 - 2012-09-14 11:17

      I live in a old Johannesburg northern suburb. I wouldn't walk down to the shops by my self I don't feel like that in Cape town. As young people we walked everywhere in Johannesburg CDB now I don't even drive there.

  • nvblerk - 2012-09-14 10:03

    On the plain next to the castle, that's not so save I got robbed there last year but I still love cape town

  • lydonmcg - 2012-09-14 10:04

    Cape Town is the only major city with a thriving CBD. Just taking a look at the number of cranes up on the skyline at the moment plays testament to that fact. Give business the environment in which to thrive and it will do so. And it's only going to get better! There are so many exciting projects and developments in the works for the CBD.

  • clive.toerien - 2012-09-14 10:11

    I must say i was there yesterday at sars and it is so clean en safe in the city center big up DA

  • yangmanfrom.sawthafriqa - 2012-09-14 10:29

    Safe in Cpt? This whole gangsterism and drugs them must be lies. Well here in Durban I don't feel safe n I like it because I walk around with my laptop after work carrying my knife under my belt I'm just waiting for one idiot who will try his luck, he's gonna cuddle his own intestines,I aint letting him rob me sheeeeeeet!!! Unfortunately it seems there are no scum bags anymore,or maybe too scared to be MOB-alised, you don't mess with the Zulus,even if u are zulu yourself, your own mama will come with a sack n put your remainings inside, eat what you work for n don't cukf with the next person

      jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-09-14 10:37

      What are you on about? You do know what CBD stands for right? And CPT is safe, moved to gauteng on the beginning of the year and my first fcken weekend my stuff gets stolen so yeah I consider cpt to be much safer!

      jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-09-14 11:06

      Uhm nooo, try again...

  • zaks2217 - 2012-09-14 10:33

    CT is world class! It is very well managed I must say.

  • yangmanfrom.sawthafriqa - 2012-09-14 10:38

    Safe in Cpt? This whole gangsterism and drugs them must be lies. Well here in Durban I don't feel safe n I like it because I walk around with my laptop after work carrying my knife under my belt I'm just waiting for one idiot who will try his luck, he's gonna cuddle his own intestines,I aint letting him rob me sheeeeeeet!!! Unfortunately it seems there are no scum bags anymore,or maybe too scared to be MOB-alised, you don't mess with the Zulus,even if u are zulu yourself, your own mama will come with a sack n put your remainings inside, eat what you work for n don't cukf with the next person

  • luke.dekoker - 2012-09-14 10:51

    VOTE DA for safety, non-corrupt government, non-racist South Africa.

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-09-14 10:58

    i live in jhb and spent 5 days in Cpt last week and went into the centre of Cpt and felt quite safe and it was clean , they are doing something right in Cpt please Jhb clean Jhb up

  • julia.mcevoy.12 - 2012-09-14 10:59

    My family got held up at gunpoint last night at 930pm, at our home. So much for our \safe\ neighborhood. I had nightmares last night, look over my shoulder every 5 seconds,and I can't even pee alone. That's how bad it is. What the hell is happening to South Africa?

      yolande.rwaai - 2012-09-14 11:42

      I get you. I've been mugged 4 times over the years

      markvonbentheim - 2012-09-14 13:52

      which neighborhood?

      julia.mcevoy.12 - 2012-09-14 16:05

      Northern suburbs, Edgemead. Straight after my house, the same 4 guys went to an old lady in Durbanville, made her get out the bath and open the safe, stole R21 000. Go get a job and stop stealing from innocent hard working people!!!!

      chantelle.fowler - 2012-09-20 08:38

      Julia, where in Edgemead? We have just moved to Cape Town from PE and live in Edgemead, we have been saying that we feel so safe in the neighbourhood

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-09-14 10:59

    If these findings are true then it proves that Cape Town is the BEST city in South Africa. It has been said that Capetonians are the most laid back and are the friendliest and I am proud to be one of them. The next on my list was Durban but with all the killings etc which has happened lately,Cape Town stays TOPS. Isn't this why so many Jo'burgers are moving to our City?

  • Simon Le Roux - 2012-09-14 11:13

    mzi.puzi. stop being a complete racist. the ANC is completely useless and apartheid can no longer be blamed for the corrupt and uneducated fools who run this country. the DA has done so much for everyone in the western cape.

  • nthete.moalosi - 2012-09-14 11:13

    Cape town cbd safety is world class,no over crowded streets.much better than joburg.

  • markvonbentheim - 2012-09-14 13:38

    it may be safe in the City, but it's becoming the Wild West in the suburbs with continued house break-ins, hijackings and people being held at gun-point whilst dropping their kids off at school, armed robberies, beatings, etc ... Time to get that police force around the mountain Patrica.

  • marie.delarey - 2012-09-14 13:51

    We have just been to Cape Town. Stayed in Tamboerskloof and walked to a local restaurant one evening, and after a lovely meal walked back to our time share. We felt very safe. We live in Gauteng. I doubt I'd walk in Pretoria CBD at night!

  • sam.brink.92 - 2012-09-14 14:30

    PTA CBD is like Lagos at night. Scary

  • pmlouw - 2012-09-14 16:45

    I wouldn't give all the credit to the DA. Sure they provide a better platform of service delivery than the JHB or DBN, but there has been a lot of private sector investment and initiatives in the CBD over the last 10 years through the Cape Town Partnership, etc. The security in the Kloof street area, for instance, is funded by the local businesses. There are also very active neighborhood watches in the city bowl suburbs (TBK Watch, OH Watch, etc).

  • eugene.henriques.9 - 2012-09-17 16:25

    Yes safe to a certain extent.I have been working in town for 12 years and seen a lot and at the moment its getting worse.In the center that work in are pick pocketers and on a large scale.Drug dealing to.Go down Plein St just past Spar and there you are bound to see a quick deal and next to the Golden Arrow Atlantis bus depot in town.I have seen pick pocketing every day and the culprits are from Tanzanian decent.Doing drugs inside the Standard Bank Atm in Parliament street and behind the old Standard bank next to the flower sellers.Just a bit of info I would like to share with those city bosses.

  • Nadia de Klerk - 2013-03-08 21:45

    Well done Cape Town, now how about security to those whore are not in the CBD, you cannot declare citizens safe, when it's only the top 10% and not the rest.

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