Residents from Vanguard and Welcome Estate in Athlone are confident that becoming a special rating area or city improvement district (CID) would be an advantage. A drive to get support from residents has been positive thus far.“We approached the City of Cape Town in 2017 to gain information on how to establish a CID for our area. When it was initiated then, there was no one who took over the responsibility of running with the project, nor was there any keen interest shown by the community. This has now changed and I would like to share the process with the residents so that we can make an informed decision on establishing the CID,” says Jonathan Carelse, project co-ordinator.“I have decided to take up this project again as I’ve mobilised some people and they have expressed interest in going ahead,” he says. Nomnikelo Halana, assistant professional officer for CID at the City, says a CID is a partnership between the private sector, property owners, residents and the City.“The objective of this partnership within this geographically defined area is to enhance services, over and above what the local authority is obliged to provide. “The South African Constitution determines in sections 152 and 153 that the City is to provide certain basic services such as, water, electricity, sanitation and refuse removal up to an equitable standard. This also includes providing acceptable law enforcement capabilities in terms of safety and security and the enforcement of all by-laws as prescribed in the government gazette,” Halana says.A CID provides the option for residents to pay for top-up services.These services include additional public safety measures, cleansing, maintenance of infrastructure and the upgrading of physical and social environments of the area.The CID will provide oversight and engage with the municipality on the agreement.The objectives of the CID would be to: . Enhance the environment and improve the safety and security of all residents; . Create a positive identity for the area; . Implement measurable targets to ensure effectiveness; . Monitor and be part of any new major developments in the area; . Submit ideas for change for the betterment of the community; . Assess the risk factors of the surrounding neighbourhoods; . Implement a safety strategy; . Hold to account the public officials assigned to our ward; . Establish integral partnerships with all relevant community organisations.“A CID is initiated by the community, whereby an expression of interest is shown to implement this plan. This expression of interest must be declared in a community meeting, in which a quorum of at least 60% of the residents and or property owners are present,” Halana says. Once the expression of interest is obtained in writing, the following actions need to implemented; . Proposal to adopt a five-year business plan; . Forecast the improvement strategy with time lines; . Motivate to the City the intention to pursue; . Establish a steering committee to head the project; . Make public via various platforms of the intention to implement a CID.“ If they follow all of these, then the process can start,” Halana says.The communities of Vanguard and Welcome Estate have over the past few years established a neighbourhood watch and ratepayers’ association. These two organisations are accredited with the City of Cape Town.