CIDs strengthen partnership

2017-12-05 06:00

Local city improvement districts (CIDs) joined hands early last month to find solutions to their common problems.

More than two CIDs have held two meetings so far to strengthen their partnership. The last one was hosted by the Woodstock Improvement District (WID).

It has not been confirmed how many CIDs are part of this move, but WID and the Groote Schuur CID (GSCID) are involved.

At the most recent meeting members identified crime hotspots and other important matters in their areas, including vagrancy, social development and creating awareness.

They also highlighted their failures, weaknesses, possible solutions and achievements.

Abigail Abrahams of the WID says: “Although we operate as separate CIDs entirely, it is vital that we foster healthy and open relationships. We are on the same team and can only benefit from sharing our learning, mistakes and resources. Ultimately, the more we partner, the greater impact we will have respectively and collectively.”

Ingrid Frieslaar of the GSCID says it was encouraging to see the enthusiasm and commitment of the attendees.

She says: “This job is incredibly demanding and you often feel alone and disheartened around whether or not you are really making a difference. It was great to hear inspiring stories, as well as realise the common challenges faced by everyone in this field.

“It gives me great hope for the future. If we continue to talk to each other and partner strategically, we will be able to truly transform our communities.”

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