SOUTH AFRICA - Cape Town - 17 March 2020 - CCID cleaning staff in Burg Street, Cape Town were seen wearing surgical masks and gloves while going about their cleaning duties. Picture: Tracey Adams/African News Agency (ANA)
SOUTH AFRICA - Cape Town - 17 March 2020 - CCID cleaning staff in Burg Street, Cape Town were seen wearing surgical masks and gloves while going about their cleaning duties. Picture: Tracey Adams/African News Agency (ANA)

CCID celebrates 21 years of cleaning and transforming the CBD

By Nomalanga Tshuma Time of article published Nov 17, 2021

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Chairperson Rob Kane says the NPO has converted the city centre from being a ‘no-go’ area in the 2000s into a buzzing economic hub.

Cape Town - The Central City Improvement District (CCID) is celebrating 21 years of keeping the CBD clean and attracting businesses.

Speaking at the celebration event which coincided with the organisation’s Annual General Meeting, CCID chairperson Rob Kane praised the NPO's team for the successful conversion of the city centre from being a ‘no-go’ area in the 2000s into a buzzing economic hub.

“I’m so proud of what the CCID is today, the fact that we can attract businesses big and small, visitors from all over the world, host global corporate events and conferences and in arguably the safest and cleanest city centre in South Africa,” said Kane.

CCID board member and Corporate Image CEO Tamra Capstick-Dale said: “When we got the approval to start the CCID, we did not fully realise how sharp a corner we had just turned.

“I don't think we truly understood that history was being fashioned, but we see that now. The CCID has succeeded in reaching its two primary objectives, security and cleansing.”

Capstick-Dale was one of the founding members of the CCID in 2000.

CCID chairperson Rob Kane

Currently, the CCID boasts a strong team of over 600 employees including rehabilitated homeless people and former addicts who the organisation supports through several of its partner NGO initiatives.

For its next financial year, the non-profit organisation is looking forward to further establishing, and improving its existing projects and systems, as well facilitating the return of footfall to the city as Covid-19 infections continue to decrease.

“The CCID is looking forward to supporting property owners in the CBD and has reduced its original budget increase, which was 11.7 %, to 6.2 %. CCID levy payers therefore will benefit from this decrease.

“The CCID’s budget for 2022/23 was approved by stakeholders and passed by the City of Cape Town earlier this year. Through budget cuts, cost-saving and utilisation of a portion of the CCID’s reserves, the CCID has managed to reduce the initial increase,” said Kane.

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