CCID keeps spaces clean

2017-11-14 06:00

A pilot project to improve the management of public spaces in the Cape Town CBD has been extended.

Involving St Georges Mall and Greenmarket Square, the first phase of the partnership between the City of Cape Town and the Cape Town Central Improvement District (CCID) was extended for another six months, CCID CEO Tasso Evangelinos announced at the organisation’s annual meeting yesterday.

The project is expected to eventually guide best-practice management and revitalisation of public spaces across the city.

The long-term aim of the project is to develop a management model for public spaces which will look to maximise economic opportunities for businesses and trades, create inclusive spaces and find best-practice examples for managing public space (“Models for public space”, People’s Post, 15 November 2016).

In 2013, ward councillor Dave Bryant submitted a motion to the Good Hope Subcouncil to place Greenmarket Square under private management (“Traders’ power struggle”, People’s Post, 3 September 2013).

The motion noted that Greenmarket Square and St George’s Mall needed a better cleaning plan, appropriate live entertainment and a diverse offering of goods.

Following this motion, City officials developed a plan to optimise the public spaces and began a public participation process on appointing a private operator for the market.

However, the public participation process made it “abundantly clear that a period of research, data collection, stakeholder engagement, as well as stabilisation and scoping of the existing area” were needed first, explains Bryant.

In a step towards developing a management plan, a pilot project ran in partnership with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the CCID. The CCID’s involvement in the first six months of the project (from December last year to June) involved stabilising the existing environment, both in terms of public safety and urban management, and included deploying 13 new CCID public safety officers on rotation basis, seven days a week to concentrate on preventative measures and manage incidents. In the next phase, the CCID would continue to supply public safety officers, said Evangelinos, as well as City Law Enforcement officers on weekdays to deal with bylaw infringements.

“The project will once again create numerous work opportunities for participants in the Straatwerk programme, in terms of cleaning and maintaining the areas,” he said.

“One of the most obvious impacts was the praise which the project received from the businesses in these areas who noticed a huge improvement in safety and ­cleanliness.

“In terms of the Law Enforcement officers, a total of R1.6m was generated in fines issued in these spaces for bylaw infringements. In terms of the CCID’s involvement, we will be able to continue to do good work that has already been achieved in this area.”

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