For the past three months we have all been on lockdown and are following the strange new rules of this strange time in history.  South Africa has ventured into a new level on 1 May 2020 – level 4, with new rules and new regulations.

The Groote Schuur Community Improvement District has had to adapt with each change to ensure that we continue to fulfill our duty as a CID.

The administrative staff have been put on a rotational schedule to encourage as little as possible human contact to ensure the safety of our employees.

The daily security deployment is monitored by the General Manager.  Daily interaction with the local Police stations, Mowbray and Rondebosch, takes place to assist and monitor any crime trends or concerns. 

Due to the closure of the Strandfontein homeless camp on 1 May there has been an influx of homeless people all over the Western Cape.  This has caused crime to increase.  We have been working closely with the local police stations. Mowbray and Rondebosch SAPS integrated partnership driven operations have been conducted to monitor the flow of homeless people in the area.

Due to the continuous dedication of GSCID Social Outreach Manager, Ingrid Frieslaar and Admin Manager, Monique Daniels, the homeless people in the CID boundaries have not been without a meal since the lockdown period started on the 26 March 2020. 

Everyday these ladies have come into the office, prepared meals and gone through the area to ensure that homeless people get their meals. 

This is done in conjunction with SAPS, Law Enforcement and GSCID security.

I would like to thank these frontline essential service providers for going that extra mile to ensure that we are safe and our homeless people are fed.

Once word got out that the GSCID has been feeding the homeless people, members of our community began generously donating money, as well as food, to the cause.

I would like to thank each and every one for making this project a sustainable one. Your generosity helps us to feed between 60 and 100 homeless people daily.

We have also given them face masks and basic toiletries to ensure that they are able to maintain hygiene.

We are still awaiting news from the City with regard to the way forward for the homeless.

Our cleaning service provider has had to downscale with regard to the amount of people cleaning our streets. However, cleaning has continued and will remain a constant focus of the GSCID.

During these uncertain times, I would like to wish each and everyone safety and strength.

Barbara Breedt

GSCID General Manager

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