This October, we hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM 2023) to review the year’s activities and begin our planning for 2024/25. We hope all our members can attend. Non-members still have time to register. The new City of Cape Town CID by-law and policy came into effect on 1 July and that is available to view online.
The recent bout of storms and cold fronts experienced in the Cape have certainly added to the work of the CIDs, in particular in the way of road maintenance and fallen trees. We’d like to remind you at this time to assist us in providing effective service by logging a service request for any faults encountered.
Read more below.
Our AGM 2023 is coming up
All stakeholders are invited to a review of the year’s activities and planning for 2024/25.
Resolutions presented at the AGM can only be voted for by bonafide members. All non-members wishing to take part must be registered before 9 October.
Wednesday, 18 October 2023, 10:00
Friedman and Cohen, Corner of Main and Wesley Street, Strand
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
New security cameras for Strand BID
The Strand BID has always operated as a relatively small City Improvement District (CID) with limited financial resources. Consequently, the CID lacked a night patrol service and a CCTV network. Geocentric, the management company for the CID, acknowledged the necessity for a deterrent against criminal activities like attempted cable theft and damage to public infrastructure. The solution emerged in the form of static CCTV cameras equipped with artificial intelligence for human detection. Whenever these cameras detect human movement during late-night and early-morning hours, an alert is triggered. This alert is then shared with our public safety provider’s control room and their patrol vehicles, which actively participate in patrolling the area as part of their routine neighborhood patrols. The alert is also shared with the Strand neighborhood watch. In that way, this collaborative approach means that whoever is on patrol that night, receives the alert first and has resources readily available, is able to investigate the movement and ascertain if there is any criminal activity involved.
This alert system has already seen the installation of six cameras strategically positioned in the CBD area, overseeing public spaces. An additional two cameras are slated for installation next year. This proactive surveillance system significantly enhances the safety and security of our area, aligning with the core mission of the CID to foster a secure environment for all residents and visitors.
New CID By-law & Policy
The new CID by-law and policy came into effect from 1 July, which serves “To provide for the establishment of City Improvement Districts; to provide for additional rates; and to provide for matters incidental thereto.”
The City of Cape Town’s by-law and policy regarding the establishment and management of City Improvement Districts has gone through several iterations over the years since the concept of a CID was first tested in the year 2000.
The latest revisions of the by-law and policy comes as more than 50 CIDs are now in operation.
The by-law is available to download online here at openbylaws.org.za.
Logging a service request with the City
You too can assist with urban management and the growing number of faults and service requests that the City and our CID deal with on a daily basis. By reporting water and electricity faults and other maintenance requirements such as potholes, missing road signs or blocked stormwater drains, through the correct channels, we and the City are able to attend to these service requests and log their status in an effective way.
View all the steps to log a service request on the flyers below.