A love for people and helping where there’s a need has kept long-serving employees of the Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID) going for 15 years. Three CCID employees were recently recognised. They are Richard Beesley, the urban management manager (“Don’t mess with Richard,” People’s Post, December 10), Alec van de Rheede, safety and security assistant manager and Hannes van der Merwe manager a Straatwerk project manager.Van de Rheede has been with the CCID since day one and grew within the organisation. He says job satisfaction and contributing towards making Cape Town a better place is what drives him.Van de Rheede’s focus is crime prevention. “You feel the achievement when you have helped somebody or have prevented certain crimes from happening,” he says.Van der Merwe works with the underprivileged and homeless people in the CBD. He says the journey has been exciting and every day is a new challenge. Van der Merwe says although they have various programmes to curb homelessness, the problem is growing and challenging. He says it is good to be recognised. Tasso Evangelinos, the CCID’s chief executive officer, thanked the men for their work.